239833 Partnership for sustainable institutional capacity building: Innovations and lessons from FAMU-UDS initiatives in global health education

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:44 AM

Saleh M. M. Rahman, MD, PhD, MPH , Institute of Public Health, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL
Edward Gyader, FWACS, FGMA, FGCS , School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Developmental Studies, Tamale, Ghana
Background: Based on Higher Education for Development (HED) USAID initiatives, a historic partnership has been established between Florida A&M University and University for Developmental Studies (UDS) School of Medicine and Health Sciences for institutional capacity building to address community health, maternal and child health in particular in Ghana. According the Ghana Health Service Annual Report (2007), the health indicators for rural women are alarming (e.g. percentage of total deliveries by skilled personnel decreased from 46% to 35%, total number of maternal death increased by 9.1% and the percentage of under-five-year children who are underweight increased from 5% to 8% from 2005 to 2007) Objectives: To formulate a strategic plan and evaluate the global health education initiatives by measurable outcome indicators at institutional (e.g. mainstreaming integrated curriculum, training of faculty and students), community (e.g. success in CBPR), family (e.g. food insecurity) and individual levels (e.g. maternal and infant mortality). Methods: Through an Aggressive Partnership Model (APM) among academic institutions, government and non-government organizations, community members, regional and international organizations this partnership is developed. Workshops, focus groups, windshield surveys, document analysis, face to face interviews and community assessment were used to assess institutional capacity and based on the SWOT analysis results a strategic plan was developed utilizing distance learning methods and technology-based delivery to transcend global health barriers. Conclusion: After initial phase, this partnership in moving to the next level; however, the wealth of experience and lessons learned to identify barriers and processes to overcome those have paramount importance in global health education.

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

Learning Objectives:
Formulate a strategic plan for innovative global health education. Identify processes that transcending global health education barriers. Evaluate the partnership model by utilizing measurable indicators at institutional, community, family and individual levels.

Keywords: International Public Health, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an author and to present because I was the Co-director of the project and was involved directly at the planning, implementation and evaluation phases. I have been working in the public and global heallth field for the last 10 years with academic traning in medicine, internation health and health education from the top programs in the world.
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.