Pre-Conference Workshops

Join us for pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 6, 2019. All workshops require separate registration. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided for all sessions.

Harnessing the Power of Communities to Advance Equity And Primary Health Care for All
USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) | 9:30am – 11:30am | External registration

Please join USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program for a morning event at the CORE Group Global Health Practitioner Conference on Monday, May 6 from 9:30AM-11:30AM to discuss the importance of strengthening and scaling community health interventions to save the lives of mothers and children. The Astana Declaration revives attention and commitment to primary health care (PHC) and yet, 40 years post-Alma Ata, community health platforms still are not fully integrated into formal health systems nor consistently prioritized for investment as part of national health strategies. Community approaches, including engagement of civil society and communities themselves, are essential to advancing equity, including gender equity, and achieving PHC for all. Join MCSP and partners for a conversation highlighting global and country progress as well as the unfinished agenda for institutionalizing community health within national health systems.

The official program will commence at 9:30AM with registration and breakfast starting at 9:00AM. Lunch will be offered following the event.

Practical Approaches to Disability Inclusion in Healthcare | Alessandra Aresu, Humanity & Inclusion; Leia Isanhart, Catholic Relief Services; Zinayida Olshanska, Light for the World Netherlands; Abia Akram, National Forum of Women with Disabilities, Pakistan; Andrea Pregel, Sightsavers (Moderator) | 9:00am – 1:00pm |  Register here.

This workshop will focus on the importance of making health services and systems inclusive of people with disabilities, and will provide practical recommendations and methodologies aimed at supporting workshop participants to mainstream disability inclusion within their activities. The four presenting organisations have experience in designing and implementing disability inclusive healthcare programs across different regions and fields, and will share approaches, evidence and tools emerging from their initiatives. The session will also present examples of successful partnerships for inclusive health established at different levels, analyse the importance of participatory approaches and community mobilization, and explore how approaches designed with disability inclusion in mind can be adapted to reach and provide health services to other marginalized and vulnerable populations. The structure of the workshop will include individual presentations, a panel discussion, and practical interactive activities where participants will be invited to engage with the facilitators and other attendees to identify key challenges and suitable approaches to mainstreaming disability inclusion within their programmes and operations. The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to explore potential collaborations and partnerships, and identify entry points to replicate successful approaches at larger scale and across different regions and fields.

Norms-shifting interventions as part of community-based health projects: Considerations for their design and evaluation |Susan Igras; Institute for Reproductive Health, Laurie Krieger, Manoff Group; Joseph Petraglia, Syntegral; Armelle Sacher, Action Against Hunger; Halkeno Tura, University of Iowa | 9:00am-5:00pm | Register here.

The field of Social & Behavior Change has long recognized that norms play a significant role in behavior change in every domain of public health. What an individual believes others do and what others expect of him/her can strongly influence how a person acts. Whether explicitly stated or not, any approach to influencing normative change is predicated on a theory of what norms are and whether they can be ‘manipulated’ or shifted as part of community-based interventions. This workshop explores a range of theories and the benefits and challenges of engaging in normative change efforts. Participants will consider what their projects are doing/can do to address normative shifts, what they can hope to accomplish within project time frames, and the types of partnerships needed to facilitate such work. In an introductory and interactive panel session, speakers will review four of the major disciplinary and cross-disciplinary norms theories and related approaches that guide norm-shifting intervention (NSI). Small groups (followed by plenary discussion) will then consider a set of commonly-cited factors that research suggests lead to normative shifts, exploring their relevance and reflecting on factors that may be missing based on participants’ experience and understanding of norms. In the third segment of the workshop, two NSI case studies will be presented and participants will discuss learnings from implementing NSI and how theory informed practice. In the final session, participants will describe a current or future project in which an NSI component is possible and ask: 1) Which principles/features of NSI seem most critical to influence normative change, 2) Whether new partnerships are needed when working in the normative space; 3) What evidence of NSI effectiveness should be collected and how, and 4) What kind of inquiry and documentation would be needed to explain NSIs’ implementation challenges and successes?

Public-Private Partnership and Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Causes (CKDu) | Dr. Alfonso Rosales, World Vision; Catharina (Ineke) Wesseling, PAHO; INSP (Mexican National Institute of Public Health), Sugar Mill | 1:00pm-5:00pm | Register here. 

Campos de Esperanza (CdE) is a four-year project funded by the US Department of Labor, implemented by World Vision, with the goal to reduce child labor in migrant agricultural communities in Mexico, particularly in the sugarcane and coffee sectors. The project is reducing child labor by (1) improving working conditions for agricultural workers and (2) creating linkages for migrant children and their families to participate in existing education, training and social protection programs in order to strengthen their livelihoods. Specifically, CdE is addressing occupation, safety and health (OSH) standards in the sugarcane sector as it relates to the prevention and management of chronic kidney disease of unknown causes (CKDu) in the targeted regions of Oaxaca and Veracruz. The project is developing a knowledge exchange platform and convening international learning exchanges for stakeholders as part of its OSH component activities. This workshop will present community examples of mechanisms and approaches taken during process implementation to build successful private-public partnerships to prevent and/or manage the non-communicable disease, as well as identify critical roles communities can play in protecting children and youth in the workplace.

More information about the pre-conference workshops coming soon!