246760 Taking the lead from national leaders: Leadership for Women's Health developing and coordinating partnerships to operationalize First Ladies Initiatives work in Africa

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:24 AM

Kathleen West, DrPH , USC School of Social Work, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, Los Angeles, CA
Lee Sorensen, MA , Knowledge Boost, San Diego, CA
Samuel Bangura, MA , Office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Cora Neumann, MPH , Leadership for Women's Health Project, Public Health Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Nicole Brzeski, MPH , Leadership for Women's Health Project, Public Health Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Building international partnerships that are driven by national strategic goals, in keeping with globally-agreed objectives such as the MDGs, is essential to capacity- building and self-determination in nation-building. Donor interests, flush funding streams, or excess commodity-dumping has no place in sustainable development today. Based on this premise the Leadership for Women's Health (LWH) project of the First Ladies Initiative (FLI) is working in tandem with several African First Ladies to help achieve their top priority projects in keeping with national development goals. Connections to partners from various sectors, including business, construction, sustainable design, appropriate technology, management, manpower development, education, and health are being forged to achieve both short and long-term national goals. Using the translational science model recently implemented by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to move clinical research into community practice, LWH/FLI are identifying best practices both in-country and internationally to bring excellence to community development from a "tree-tops to grass-roots" model. Discussion will center on the LWH/FLI partnership development in Sierra Leone, demonstrating its synchronicity with the First Lady of Sierra Leone's WISH program to address MDGs 3-6. Examples of the wholistic community-development approach, as well highlights from similar work in Namibia will also be shared.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the purpose and operating method of the LWH and FLI 2. Explain the partner-matching objectives of the LWH/FLI 3. Identify the partnerships underway in the Sierra Leone case example

Keywords: Women's Health, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am one of the 3 co-directors of the Leadership for Women's Health and am responsible for our Sierra Leone project
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.