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Institutionalizing Community Health Conference

March 27, 2017

From March 27–30, 2017, over 300 of the world’s leading health experts from nearly 40 countries will convene in Johannesburg, South Africa for the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) 2017.

Nutrition as an Integral Component of Community Health
USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), led by JSI, is a conference sponsor and will present on its innovative work using community-led video for nutrition and strengthening the role of community health workers in the delivery of nutrition services.

Sascha Lamstein, technical advisor and lead for SPRING’s efforts to apply systems thinking to nutrition, will share several tools to raise the status and quality of nutrition services provided by community health workers, including the Nutrition Workforce Mapping Tool.

SPRING’s Deputy Director, Gwyneth Cotes, will present findings from SPRING’s experiences using community video to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and hygiene practices. Ms. Cotes will highlight the role that strategic partnerships can play in expanding the reach of community-based programs.

Matchboxology and Community Based Access to Injectables

Innovative activities from the Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) project will also be highlighted.

In Session 27, Liz Creel, APC project director, and Cal Bruns, Matchboxology executive director, will be presenting on the APC/Matchboxology tools and activities that are generating and sharing new information on community health policies and systems to inform policy, advance program effectiveness, and/or advocate for advancements in community health, particularly where FP is absent. This includes development of the community health systems catalog and the development and application of a participatory approach (HCD) to improve community health policy design/implementation at the country level. This novel approach was used to inform and strengthen community health policy in both Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Matchboxology is a human-centered design firm based in South Africa.

In Session 32, Leigh Wynne, with APC through FHI360, will discuss the history of community based access to injectables (CB2I), review APC’s related advocacy and other tools, and talk about the use of drug shops/pharmacies to enhance service delivery options for CBA2I.

APC is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. and partner FHI 360, and supports community programs that seek to improve the overall health of communities and achieve other health-related impacts, especially in relationship to family planning. Funded by USAID, APC provides global leadership for community-based programming, builds technical capacity to implement effective programs, executes and manages sub-awards and supports procurement reform.

SPRING and APC’s work will also be featured at the Marketplace.

Plenary sessions will be broadcast live here.