2017 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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The 2017 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference, which was held in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability, was “Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme.

One highlight of the conference was the session presenting winners of the fifth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased six projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 27 submissions, from which six were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers.

The winning 2017 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/poster presentation format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing between attendees and presenters.

The conference also featured the winners of the third annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 130 submissions from which 14 projects were selected by an international panel of 23 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Limerick, Ireland, August 16-20, 2018. Applications are expected to open in early 2018.

Winners of the 2015 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its third annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2015 Projects That Work competition are:

A Arte de Nascer (The Art of Being Born)
Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos, Brazil

Diabetes Management in Rural Communities: Student Nurses Make a Difference Using Point-of-Care Testing
Aminkeng Zawuo Leke, Cameroon

Improving Health of Women in Garment Industries through Needs Assessment and Peer Health Education
Suvetha Kannappan, India

Sustaining Positive Change in MDG 4 and 5 through Building of “Village Aarogya Banks” in Rural and Tribal India
Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal, India

Using Service Learning to Develop Social Responsibility in Students and Improve Health of Women through Improved Health Literacy Action
Rukhsana Ayub Aslam, Pakistan

More detailed information on the 2015 winners and their projects will follow soon.

(posted June 16, 2015; updated June 1, 2016)

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended to May 15

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2015 Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH) conference in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Although registration for the conference is not yet open, watch the Network: TUFH website (http://www.the-networktufh.org/) going forward for more information as it becomes available.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its third year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2015 conference theme, “Education for Change,” for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

The deadline for application has been extended to May 15, 2015. To apply, click here.

(posted January 14, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 29, 2015)

FAIMER Announces the 2014 Projects That Work Competition Winners

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of seven winners of its second annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2014 annual meeting of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held November 19-23 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Winners will discuss their work in a panel session of The Network: TUFH meeting to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to these projects’ success and sustainability. An open worldwide call resulted in 64 submissions from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers. The Projects That Work competition is an ongoing feature of The Network: TUFH annual meeting.

Many education innovation projects in health professions institutions are implemented, but only some result in significant, sustained change. Projects That Work are projects that have survived beyond initial implementation and have had a significant positive impact on health, the community, or the school over three or more years.

For more information, including the names of the 2014 winners and their projects, please see the full press release.

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended through July 15, 2014

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FAIMER is pleased to announce that the application deadline for the 2014 Projects That Work competition has been extended through July 15, 2014.

FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2014 Network: Towards Unity for Health conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23, 2014. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2014 conference theme, “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” for three years or longer. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

For more information about the Projects That Work competition, as well as descriptions of the winning 2013 projects, click here.

To apply for the 2014 competition, click here.

 

(posted April 25, 2014; updated June 30, 2014)

2014 Projects That Work Application is Now Open

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FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2014 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2014 Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH) conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Although registration for the conference is not yet open, watch the Network: TUFH website (www.the-networktufh.org) going forward for more information as it becomes available.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its second year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2014 conference theme, “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications to Projects That Work must be submitted by June 30, 2014. To apply, click here.

(posted January 31, 2014; updated April 25, 2014)

2013 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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news-network2013The 2013 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The conference theme was “Rural and Community-Based Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as a day devoted to visiting community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2013 Network: TUFH conference was the first annual Projects That Work plenary session, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative—which will be an annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference—is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 120 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2013 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Marietjie van Rooyen (South Africa), Mark Shephard (Australia), Elizabeth Paterno (Philippines), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Saurav Das (India). The plenary panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education Bill Burdick, who also facilitated a preconference workshop titled “Project Management and Theory of Change.” Other Projects That Work conference components included a poster session and a workshop titled “Using SOCKS, an Innovative Tool for Environmental Analysis in Project Planning,” both facilitated by Ralf Rundgren Graves, FAIMER Associate Director, Regional Institutes; and a workshop titled “Publishing and Other Scholarly Forms of Knowledge Dissemination,” facilitated by Bill Burdick and the co-editors of The Network: TUFH’s journal Education for Health, Michael Glasser and Don Pathman.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23, 2014. Check back for an announcement of the opening of the competition application soon.

FAIMER Announces the First Annual Projects That Work Competition Winners

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its first annual Projects That Work competition. They will be sponsored to attend the 2013 annual meeting of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. There they will serve as the panelists of a plenary session that will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme of “Rural and Community-based Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century” for three years or longer, in order to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to these projects’ success and sustainability. An open worldwide call resulted in 120 submissions from which five were selected by an international panel of 11 reviewers. The Projects That Work competition will be an ongoing feature of The Network: TUFH annual meeting. The next Network: TUFH meeting will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 18-23, 2014.

For more information, including winners’ names and summaries of the selected projects, please see the full press release.

Projects That Work: May 15 Deadline to Apply for FAIMER Funding to Present at November 2013 Conference

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The deadline is approaching to apply for FAIMER funding to present at the November 2013 Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference!

Many education innovation projects in health professions institutions are implemented, but only some result in significant, sustained change. A new highlight of the 2013 Network: TUFH conference in Thailand will feature “Projects That Work” – that is, projects that have survived beyond initial implementation and have had a significant positive impact on health, the community, or the school over three or more years. A plenary panel during the conference will provide representatives of a few outstanding examples of such projects with an opportunity to tell their stories so that others can learn from their success. Projects that exemplify the conference theme of “Rural and Community Based Healthcare” will be of particular interest.

FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the Network: TUFH conference, to be held November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2013. To apply click here.

(posted March 29, 2013; updated April 5, 2013, May 10, 2013)