Online Program

Community System Strengthening as a building block of Health System Strengthening

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Kerry Bruce, DrPH, Pact, Washington, DC
Shirley Ko, MPH, Pact World
In the public health arena there has been a clear focus on health system strengthening, but equally important is the community system strengthening (CSS) work that supports positive health outcomes.  The Global Fund has defined CSS as exhibiting 6 key building blocks: 1) enabling environments and advocacy; 2) community networks, linkages and coordination; 3) resources and capacity building; 4) community activities and service delivery; 5) organizational and leadership strengthening; and 6) monitoring and evaluation. This presentation will look at CSS application in several settings in Africa and Asia from an implementing partner's perspective to understand how these CSS blocks work synergistically to result  in improved service delivery and ultimately improved health outcomes, and highlight opportunities and challenges for using a systems-thinking approach to enhance community-based provision of care and support services as well as linkages to the formal health system.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the six building blocks of health systems. Explain the role of community health systems in strengthening the six building blocks.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health, Health Systems Transformation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the Senior Director for Global Health and Measurement at Pact for 4 years and developed most of the projects that will be discussed and presented as examples at the conference.
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.