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STRENGTHENING HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH August 8 19 2011 Boston Massachusetts USA Purpose A Successful Course Targeting Current Needs About the Course Directors You ve recently read about the priority of human resources development in reaching the Millennium Development Goals MDGs in such publications as The Lancet and The New York Times see references below This successful course is specifically designed to address that priority by providing participants with new and innovative ways of addressing human resources policy and management issues Individuals and country teams will learn from experts as well as peers from other nations and will develop their own draft country Strategic Plans for Human Resources Dr Thomas Bossert serves as Course Co Director He is Director of the International Health Systems Program at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as a Lecturer on Health Policy and Senior Political Scientist in the Department of Population and the Director of the Politics Governance Group and International Health He developed a Capacity Assessment and Sequencing Tool for Human Resources in Health for the WHO and applied it in Ethiopia Additionally he has directed technical assistance projects and applied research in Latin America Asia and Africa on decentralization institutional transformation and health policy reform The MDG health objectives require a focus on human resources critical to reducing infant and maternal mortality as well as the incidence of tuberculosis HIV AIDS and malaria A lack of human resources capacity is a major barrier to the achievement of these MDGs Health officials in all countries need to recruit and retain skilled health workers at all levels They also need to strengthen educational and management systems and to creatively finance all of the above This course has been designed for health officials who will be involved in formulating country strategies Until recently human resources training has focused on personnel management and on static models of planning for the public sector This course however has been formulated to incorporate new and innovative strategies that include both the public and private sectors Who Should Attend This course is designed for experienced senior public health officials and staff in developing and transitional economies who are involved in managing developing strategies and in setting policy for human resources development Applicants from both government and nongovernmental organizations will benefit from this course We encourage participation by teams of participants who can work together in the course to develop draft strategic plans for their own countries Course participants will learn how to effectively assess problems related to human resource development new strategies to overcome barriers such as brain drain and poor motivation how to turn funding for disease priorities into human resources strengthening activities specific lessons from relevant experience in other countries as well as critical leadership negotiation and conflict resolution strategies Course Topics The curriculum of the course includes the following Strategic Planning and Human Resources Financing Capacity for Human Resources Management Control and Human Resources Health Status and Human Resources Management Capacity and Human Resources Leadership and Institutional Change Education Capacity and Human Resources Conflict Resolution for Human Resources Educational Approach This course offers a blend of theory and practice geared to an audience focused upon implementation rather than research Included throughout the course are lectures group discussions several case studies problem sets and preparation of group and individual case presentations Classroom points will most often be made through active learning methods rather than through lectures Lively discussion among experienced participants is expected throughout 1 Chen L T Evans S Anand et al Human Resources for Health Overcoming the Crisis In The Lancet 27 November 2004 pp 1984 1990 Dugger Celia W Lacking Doctors Africa is Training Substitutes The New York Times 23 November 2004 Paul Campbell serves as Course Co Director He is a member of the International Health Systems Program in the Department of Population and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as a Lecturer on Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management He has recently managed multi year projects on health sector reform in Poland and managed care in Zimbabwe Dr Campbell has extensive experience designing and leading workshops on various health management topics Past sponsors for his courses include a number of agencies in the U S government the Ford Foundation the World Bank and the Hinduja Foundation COSTS Course Package US 3 900 The Course Package includes tuition course materials mandatory health insurance and computer fees We are unable to accept payment by a charge card Note Teams of three or more representing the same organization will receive a 300 discount off each tuition Financial Assistance may be obtained from your employer or a funding organization Applicants are encouraged to make these contacts Suggested organizations include the World Bank USAID United States Agency for International Development Sida Swedish International Development Authority and the World Health Organization Please note that Harvard University and the School of Public Health do not provide scholarships or financial assistance for workshops LOGISTICS Arrival in Boston Participants are expected to arrive in Boston MA no later than Sunday August 7 2011 Housing For the duration of the course all participants are expected to stay at the Inn at Longwood Medical in Boston as arranged by IHSP More information regarding the accommodations and how to register with the hotel will be provided upon formal acceptance to the course VISAS Applicants are responsible for obtaining visas You should apply for an appropriate visa at your nearest United States Embassy or Consulate Since you are not required to be in Boston beyond the period of the workshop you will not need a special student visa to attend the program If you are being sponsored by an international funding agency such as USAID the organization will make visa arrangements for you If you plan to visit another country before returning home you should arrange to obtain the appropriate visas before you leave home It can be difficult and time consuming to obtain


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