228769 "I'm not your usual kind of doctor" -- How Carl Taylor learned about and taught social justice, equity, and empowerment

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 9:42 AM - 10:00 AM

Henry Gordon Taylor, MD, MPH , Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Carl Taylor's enthusiasm and effectiveness evolved from deep engagement with the people, places, and problems around him. Apparently hopeless situations were greeted with clear analysis and unquenchable optimism; necessary skills for a boy roaming the Indian Jungle. Numerous tributes following his death describe how he encouraged colleagues and students to "turn crisis into opportunity." This mentoring often happened "in the field." These were carefully designed to challenge capabilities, with minimal trauma. Many are familiar with his use of metaphor and carefully timed twists of humor. Less well known is his intentional use of "case studies" and "teaching tales". Throughout the 1970's he developed his career through "reflective listening" on expert panels, systematically developing the essential skill of being a good "rapporteur". His method of negotiating compromise was to constantly return the focus to the needs of the community. His WHO handbook on Health Systems Research, his background papers for the Alma Ata conference, and his framing of concepts in the SEED-SCALE model, articulate a scholarly approach to otherwise intangible issues - first the synergism of nutrition and infection, later the power of longitudinal community based trials, and in his 90's the essential importance of empowering women to take necessary health actions. At the end of this presentation, attendees will be asked to internalize his example by identifying at least one concrete action they can take to validate and extend the principles of Primary Health Care established at the Alma Ata conference.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation about Carl Taylor's methods for teaching, researching, mentoring, and communicating community-based primary health care, attendees will be able to: (1) Identify at least three methods for teaching and learning social justice, equity, and empowerment. (2) Compare and contrast their teaching and learning style with the methods used by Carl Taylor and/or other effective leaders in International Health. (3) State one concrete action they will take to extend the reach of the principles of Primary Health Care as laid out at Alma Ata.

Keywords: Education, Public Health Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: of my unique relationship with Carl Taylor as a co-author, student, colleague, sometimes teacher, and son. My professional focus is on communicating those attitudes and values so essential to effective public health practice. Carl's enthusiasm and example was contagious -- and it did not happen by accident!
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.