5191.0: Wednesday, October 24, 2001: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Panel Discussion Session

Reinvigorating Family Planning/Reproductive and Sexual Health by Training Leaders

Building on Cairo and Beijing supporting human rights as the basis of reproductive rights, The International Health Programs (IHP) of the Public Health Institute have begun training leaders in reproductive health from nine countries. Supported by David and Lucile Packard and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco, the International Family Planning Leadership Program brings together leaders from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines in one group of Fellows and El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Mexican states of Chiapas and Yucatan in another. Fellows commit for one year with three weeks of intensely participatory and interactive training on leadership, best program practices, and updates on reproductive health services and contraceptive technology. In-country technical assistance and support toward the creation of networks of leaders working on common programs follow. Fellows are trained in computer technology and provided with laptop computers toward building an internet-based reproductive health network within their region. Trainees are selected to represent grassroots, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and private agencies. This strategy is based on principles of collaboration, multicultural leadership, service integration, and the need for comprehensive approaches to reproductive health as a social as well as a public health issue. The panelists present the challenges and accomplishments of this two-year experience with ample discussion of lessons learned.
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session the participant in this session will be able to: 1. Describe a model that fosters regional networks. 2. Identify four factors that are related to successful implementation of leadership. 3. Describe elements of training that participants identified as effective. 4. Describe an evaluation process for a multi-disciplinary, multicultural, global network.
Presider(s):Helen Rodriguez-Trias, MD
Panelist(s):Felicia Stewart, MD
Sylvia Guendelman, PhD
Anne Foster-Rosales, MD, MPH
Gary Bergthold, EdD
Esther Tahrir, MPH
2:30 PMLeadership Competence and excellence in provision of reproductive heatlh services
Felicia Stewart, MD
2:30 PMIntegrating curricula on leadership, management and reproductive health practice
Esther Tahrir, MPH, Helen Rodriguez-Trias, MD
2:30 PMFrom vision to practice
Sylvia D. Guendelman, PhD
2:30 PMChallenges in working in reproductive health in multicultural communities
Anne Foster-Rosales, MD
2:30 PMLeadership training in reproductive health and family planning: A Nigerian Case Study
Carol Spain Woltring, MPH
Sponsor:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Cosponsors:Social Work; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work

The 129th Annual Meeting of APHA