FAIMER Fellow Payal Bansal Named New Managing Editor of Education for Health

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FAIMER Fellow Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007) has been named the new Managing Editor of Education for Health, a peer-reviewed journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health. For 24 years, Education for Health has published work that focuses on “global models of health system integration and health professions education that lead to improved health care and health care delivery.” In addition to appointing Dr. Bansal as the new Managing Editor, the journal announced it will be moving its headquarters from Maastricht University in the Netherlands to the Maharahstra University of the Health Sciences (MUHS) in India.

Dr. Bansal joins FAIMER Fellow Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004), MUHS Vice Chancellor, on the leadership board of Education for Health, while Jack Boulet, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, and William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, serve as members of the international editorial board for the publication.

Education for Health is currently seeking qualified international health professions educators to serve as peer reviewers. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Bansal at efh@muhs.ac.in.

FAIMER Articles in Education for Health

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Education for Health (EfH), the peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health, recently publicized the top five most frequently visited articles published in the journal in 2007. Two of the articles were authored by FAIMER staff and FAIMER Institute Fellows. The top five articles, listed in descending order by number of “hits,” were:

Application of the Health Belief Model for Osteoporosis Prevention among Middle School Girl Students, Garmsar, Iran
S.M. Hazavehei, M.H. Taghdisi, M. Saidi

Capacity Building in Medical Education and Health Outcomes in Developing Countries: the Missing Link
W.P. Burdick, P.S. Morahan, J.J. Norcini

Research on Medical Migration from Sub-Saharan Medical Schools: Usefulness of a Feasibility Process to Define Barriers to Data Collection and Develop a Practical Study
A. Longombe (PHIL 2003), V. Burch (PHIL 2001), S. Luboga (PHIL 2003), C. Mkony (PHIL 2003), E. Olapade-Olaopa (PHIL 2002), B. Otieno-Nyunya (PHIL 2001), B. Afolabi (PHIL 2002), E. Nwobodo (PHIL 2004), S. Kiguli (PHIL 2004), W.P. Burdick, J.R. Boulet, P.S. Morahan

Gender Sensitization among Health Providers and Communities through Transformative Learning Tools: Experiences from Karachi, Pakistan
B.T. Shaikh, S. Reza, M. Afzal, F. Rabbani

DREEM and beyond; studies of the educational environment as a means for its enhancement
S.R. Whittle, B. Whelan, D.G. Murdoch-Eaton

The Network: Towards Unity for Health is a global consortium of health professions schools committed to improving the education of health professionals with a focus on strategies that improve responsiveness to the needs of communities. EfH is dedicated to the dissemination of scholarship that reflects the Network’s mission and goals, goals that FAIMER shares. FAIMER has provided financial support to EfH and two FAIMER staff members, Jack Boulet and Bill Burdick, are members of the EfH Editorial Board. EfH publishes “original contributions of interest to health and clinical practitioners, educators, policy makers, administrators, and learners in the health professions. Specifically this focus is on global models of health system integration and health professions education that lead to improved health and health care delivery.”

April 2008 Issue of Education for Health

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The April 2008 issue of Education for Health (Volume 21, Issue 1) is now available on the journal’s website. In this issue, a brief communication entitled, “An Example of Program Evaluation Project in Undergraduate Medical Education” was co-authored by several faculty members from the Medical Education Department at Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine in Turkey, including 2002 IFME Fellow Berna Musal and 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow Huseyin Cahit Taskiran.

Current Issue of Education for Health Focuses on Poverty and Human Development

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The current issue of The Network: TUFH journal Education for Health, Volume 20, Issue 3 (November 2007), is now available. This marks the third free on-line issue since the journal became electronic in May 2007. The current issue focuses on poverty and human development and includes an article by FAIMER staff members William P. Burdick M.D., M.S.Ed., Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; and John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President; as well as an article by 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow Charles A. Mkony.

To view the entire issue, click here.

Education for Health Now Available On-line

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health has announced that its journal, Education for Health (EfH), is now available on-line and is free of charge. Information in the journal is unrestricted. The on-line journal replaces the print version of the journal.

The first free on-line volume, Volume 20, Issue 1 (May 2007) is now available, and Volumes 13 (2000) through 19 (2006) are also archived on the site.

Education for Health Call for Papers

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Beginning in May 2007, The Network: Towards Unity for Health will host its journal, Education for Health (EfH), exclusively in electronic format. The journal will be available free of charge to all internet users at www.educationforhealth.net.

The current website for EfH announces themes for two upcoming issues: a special issue in July 2007, which will focus on integration of medicine and public health in practice through a unity of purpose and action; and the October 2007 issue, which will focus on global poverty and human development. The Network is calling for papers for the October issue.

Click here for more information on the July and October 2007 issues of EfH.

(posted February 12, 2007, updated March 8, 2007)

EfH: Focus on Community-based Health Education

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Education for Health (EfH) is the journal of Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). First published in 1988 and originally titled The Annals of Community-Oriented Education, the journal has served as a main source of discussion and dissemination of research and scholarly work related to Network: TUFH mission and objectives. Starting in 2006, with volume 19:1 of EfH, the journal has encouraged submission of manuscripts in five major topic areas:

  1. describe innovative models for the community-based education of health professionals, and research into the effectiveness of these models;
  2. describe models of community-based health care delivery and demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of these models;
  3. describe programs and research on collaborations between academia and health services, with the objective of community health improvement;
  4. describe and demonstrate multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to health professions education and service delivery;
  5. describe models and systems of education, research, and service delivery that link, and have implications for, both developing and developed countries.

The journal specifically encourages papers on community-based health education and research about and from developing countries.

In 2004, EfH obtained status as a Medline journal. This has contributed to an increased number of manuscript submissions over the past two years. This growth and the continued attention to serving the international community related to research and educational evaluation studies has resulted in transitioning to an on-line journal. The new publishing format will allow for open access for all readers, on-line submission, much wider and more rapid dissemination of information, and opportunities for news and article alerts to engage and inform readers.

The future of EfH is based in collaboration to increase the breadth and quality of the journal and to appeal to a larger audience of health service providers, public health practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. Currently the journal is informed and supported by: Network: TUFH; the Department of Medical Education, Maastricht University, The Netherlands; FAIMER; Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS); Pan American Health Association/WHO; Department of Family Medicine, University of New Mexico; and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Additionally, special theme issues are being developed, such as “Integration of Medicine and Public Health in Practice through a Unity of Purpose and Action” (to be published in 2007).

For more information on the journal, its content, and instructions for manuscript submission, please visit “Education for Health” at: www.the-networktufh.org/home/index.asp.