Join JSI on May 1: Community Health Matters in the Journey to Self-Reliance

April 19th, 2019 | News


Community health affects the stability of nations and the prosperity of families. Access to health services and family planning empower community members and help communities thrive. Strong community health systems have proven successful in reaching remote and underserved populations. Since 2012, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project has worked in 40 countries to improve community health systems, with particular focus on family planning and infectious disease prevention.

Please join JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., and FHI 360, along with the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, for a discussion on the importance of community health systems. The event will highlight and include reflection on how collaborations with nongovernmental organizations, faith-based communities, government and private sector partners, and local communities improved the delivery of critical health services, lessons learned, and the next steps.

Introductory Remarks

Elizabeth (Liz) Creel
Project Director, APC, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Panel 1 | Promoting Family Planning and the Power of Partnerships


A. Jean Affo
Project Director, APC Benin, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Frederick Mubiru
Project Director, APC Uganda, FHI360

Susan Otchere
Senior Technical Advisor, Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Birth Spacing and Advocacy, World Vision

Tanvi Pandit-Rajani
Senior Technical Advisor, APC, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.


Ellen Starbird

Director, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID

Panel 2 | Advancing Local Solutions for Lasting Impact


Chamberlain Diala
Senior Technical Director, APC, FHI360

Dr. Florence Jean-Louis
Director of Human Development, Fonkoze

James MacNeil
Vice President, World Education

Dr. Kwame O’Neil
District Medical Officer, Koinadugu District, Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone


Walter Proper
Director of Field Support, APC, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Closing Remarks

Melissa Freeman
Reproductive Health/Family Planning Advisor, Global Health, USAID

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