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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Winners of the 2013 Projects That Work competition at the 2013 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 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)

The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2011 Conference

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) held its annual conference September 17-21 in Graz, Austria. Approximately 250 participants from more than 40 countries gathered for this year’s meeting, themed “Integrating Public and Personal Health Care in a World on the Move.” The conference was co-hosted by the Medical University of Graz and the Styrian Academy of Family Practice.

More than 20 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the meeting, serving as conference organizers, keynote speakers, presenters, facilitators, and discussants. Two Fellows, Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004) and Francisco (Pacho) Lamus Lemus (PHIL 2009), are members of The Network: TUFH Executive Committee. Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute Page Morahan participated in a round table plenary session, and FAIMER Associate Director of Evaluation and Planning Stacey Friedman gave a keynote presentation entitled “Measuring Social Networks: Understanding and Supporting Relationships to Transform Health Care.”

Conference activities included a session for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA). This session, co-facilitated by Ricardo Borda (PHIL 2008) of Colombia and Irene Durante-Montiel (PHIL 2008) of Mexico, invited FRILA members and other interested conference participants to discuss current and future opportunities for advancing the field of health professions education in the Latin American region. It also provided a forum for participants to brainstorm about future collaboration between FRILA and The Network. Another session, co-facilitated by Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005) of Uganda, who represented the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006) of South Africa, who represented the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), provided an opportunity for discussion among those interested in FAIMER initiatives or MEPI projects in Africa. Attendees were encouraged to share information about their respective activities in an effort to identify common themes and objectives and to explore opportunities for future cooperation to advance them.

For more information on the 2011 conference, visit http://www.the-networktufh.org/conferences/previous-conferences/2011.

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.”

The Network: Towards Unity for Health to Hold International Conference in Chia-Bogotá, Colombia, September 27 – October 2, 2008

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The 2008 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health will be held in Chia-Bogotá, Colombia, from September 27 to October 2, 2008, in cooperation with the Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia. The theme of the conference is “Adapting Health Services and Health Professions Education to Local Needs: Partnerships, Priorities and Passions.” The Network states that the primary goal of the conference is to analyze and discuss how health systems, services, and health professions education adapt and readapt to the local needs of populations according to the historical, political, and cultural influences they receive over time.

The Network invites abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the field, as well as proposals for mini-workshops and/or didactic sessions. The deadline for abstracts and proposals is June 1, 2008. For detailed information on the 2008 conference, visit www.the-networktufh.org/conference/.

(posted February 22, 2008; updated April 30, 2008)