Section members, get excited! The APHA Annual Meeting is less than a week away and promises to be filled with all of the learning experiences and networking opportunities that we so look forward to every year. Below are a few announcements and opportunities.
CBPHC Workshop:Effective CBPHC Tools for Effective Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
American Public Health Association International Health Section
Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Working Group
15th Annual Pre-Conference CBPHC Workshop 2013
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston MA
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 8:30 ‐ 5:00
Workshop Leader: Dr. Elvira Beracochea
Link to check for updates:
Every year the CBPHC Working Group organizes a one‐way workshop. This year the workshop continues a process that started with the review of effective CBPHC programs conducted by Dr. Henry Perry and Dr. Paul Freeman and Working Group members. Effective CBPHC practice is the cornerstone of effective public health programs and essential to deliver quality maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services in the community where families live. Therefore, this year we have focused the Annual CBPHC Workshop on effective MNCH tools and approaches that help CBPHC managers and health providers deliver services efficiently and consistently to all. The proceedings of these workshops will lead to a toolkit of effective CBPHC tools for use and modification by all public health professionals in the international health field.
Dr. Elvira Beracochea, President and CEO of MIDEGO, Inc., and Dr. Laura Parajon of AMOS Health and Hope lead the working group and organize the workshop. Dr Elvira is a physician and public health expert with over 25 years of international experience implementing PHC programs and consulting in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is the author of “Health for All NOW” (MIDEGO 2007), “Rights Based Approaches to Public Health” (Springer 2010) and “Aid Effectiveness in Global Health (Springer 2013). Dr. Elvira will moderate the workshop and discuss basic principles of effective Global Health Aid and Rights Based Approaches for improved CBPHC practice. Dr Laura and her husband the co‐founder of AMOS Health and Hope has 12 years of experience working in PHC using a community based participatory research approach. She lives and works in Nicaragua in PHC, and will be sharing her experience with community health
workers in the context of PHC in rural communities.
Kathleen McDonald, Program Manager Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kathleen McDonald leads respectful maternity care programs for the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the Initiative in March 2012 as the Project Manager for the Hansen Program on Maternal and Child Health and provides technical assistance on respectful maternity care to the Maternal Health Task Force. Previously, she managed an obstetric hemorrhage clinical trial in Zambia for the Safe Motherhood Program at the University of California San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. With a strong background in management, training and operations in both the non‐profit and private sectors, Ms. McDonald has worked closely with frontline health workers, administrators, and local and national health officials in the US and sub‐Saharan Africa. She holds a MPH from Boston University, a Graduate Certificate in International Development from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland.
CBPHC is now an area with increasing prospects for young professionals. This workshop will provide skills and context for this subset of participants. Dr Elvira will moderate the presentations of various experts about ways to succeed in your CBPHC career. The goal of the 2013 annual CBPHC workshop is to share Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) knowledge and effective practices to help current and future CBPHC practitioners advance in their practice and improve the effectiveness of their CBPHC programs.
The workshop draft agenda includes experienced international health experts and professionals from the MNCH field. Activities will allow the maximum networking and discussion between participants to discuss ways to use the tools and approaches presented can be applied for maximum impact. If you are interested in this working group or getting involved, please contact Dr Elvira at Elvira@midego.com
Experienced and young professionals are especially encouraged to attend. Those interested in international CBPHC are also invited to attend our business meeting on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 7:00 am until 8:00 am at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. See here for updates: https://apha.confex.com/apha/141am/webprogram/Session39069.html.
To register, please contact: Sandy Hoar (e‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The registration fee including morning coffee is $35 (students $25). To facilitate planning, please register ASAP and indicate if you will be joining us for dinner afterwards. For further information contact: Sandy Hoar, Laura Chanchien Parajon (email: email@example.com) or Elvira Beracochea (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submission of Electronic version of MCH Tools, please contact: Lanice Williams (e‐mail: email@example.com) Please email electronic links and names of various MCH tools and toolkits that you are using and have been valuable to your field of work. We will be using this information you submitted to create an inventory document which will be distributed to all workshop participants.
The CBPHC‐Working Group ‐ International Health Section – APHA
The Maternal Health Task Force ‐ Harvard School of Public Health
1) International Health Section Booth in Exhibition Hall
For the International Health Section booth in the Exhibition Hall if you are an international health professional please sign up for your chosen hours at:
2) APHA International Global Health Connections Welcome Booth in the Registration Hall
For the Global Health Connections Welcoming booth in the Registration hall sign up for your chosen hours at:
http://doodle.com/bk6xs4cixdssps8z (for experienced section members
http://doodle.com/ysuibme4ztpaucch (for new professionals)
Any questions please contact Enrique at: firstname.lastname@example.org