Online Seminar: Incorporating Equity in Health Technology Assessment & Evidence-based Decision Making

Free Upcoming Webinar on:

Incorporating Equity in Health Technology Assessment & Evidence-based
Decision Making

When is equity important? How do you address it your systematic review?

Join Erin Ueffing from the Canadian Cochrane Centre for this interactive

WHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology
Assessment in Health Equity

March 12th 2012 at 13:00-14:45 (GMT-4), will be broadcast from the
University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

To check you local time – the World Clock at:

“….Examples of equity-oriented reviews will be given, along with
strategies and methods for considering the effects of interventions
in vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

This webinar will be presented as a segment of a workshop on Health
System Strengthening: Systematic Reviews and Health Technology
which will be hosted by the University of the West Indies Clinical
Epidemiology Unit, and conducted in collaboration with its partners and
The Canadian Society for International Health, the Pan American Health
Organization PAHO/WHO, the Cochrane Collaboration,
the University of Ottawa WHO Collaborating Centre, and Health

WHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology
Assessment in Health Equity:

Website: <>

How to participate online:  No registration is required

To login to the Elluminate session, use the link below and type your
name on the sign in page: <>

To sign-in to the webinar, click on the corresponding URL at least 10
minutes before the scheduled start time.

The webinar room will be open as of 30 minutes before the start time;
there is not need to log in before 12:30 pm.

Contact information: Kimberly Manalili at


How to participate in the UNAIDS CrowdOutAIDS strategy drafting!

As we discussed before in our earlier posts, we all have the opportunity to participate in the development  of the UNAIDS Crowdsourcing strategy. This short video explains how. Perhaps a good question to ask though is why? Why should I spend the time to make a contribution?

Here are some reasons:

1. Only you know the experience you have and what you think should be done to improve the situation. Whether you work for a non profit or the government (or wherever), your insight might be valuable and actually make a difference.

2. You might learn something from others by participating in the chat.

3. You can make contact with other participants from around the world.

4. You can ensure that the unique issues the Caribbean faces are addressed.

5. You can learn how to use a new collaborative tool (Google docs) you may have never used before.

6. Show Andre Robb, the Caribbean representative on the drafting committee some support!

Can you think of any more reasons?

Please visit to view the calendar and find out about the next live drafting sessions. Let’s make sure the Caribbean is well represented!

Gaming for health in the region

Last Thursday, I again joined the folks over at eSAC for their weekly tweet chats. I have to say, I really enjoyed the conversation. For me, one of the most interesting turns of the night was the discussion about digital literacy, health literacy and public ehealth.

The chat also touched on how people use various media in their everyday life, and whether these intersect with the health sector. For example, some young people use the internet daily, but never use it to look for health information.

This segment also got be thinking about how prevalent video games are in our society, and whether there are any interventions or programs in the region that uses video games for health promotion or disease prevention. I tried doing a general online search to find people or places for examples and came up with nothing. Well, I did come across an animation studio in Trinidad (as well at the animation program at the university of Trinidad and Tobago) that look to be doing some cool things. I did not find examples of any health projects but this is one lead I’ll continue to follow.

In the meantime, anyone interested in knowing more about this area, the talk below gives an excellent overview.

So, to all my CH people, do you know of any entity that is using any kind of video games/animation/claymation/ for health? If you are actively involved in any interactive projects addressing any health issue afflicting the region, we would love to share your project with our community.


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Recap on Thursday’s #esac tweet chat

Although eHealth and similar concepts have been in the lexicon for almost a decade, if not more, there seems to be increased emphasis on harnessing the use of new and emerging technologies in healthcare/medicine and in public health. Last week’s eSAC (Public eHealth Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean) tweet chat focused specifically on Public eHealth. As a participant in these chats, and someone looking to increase my knowledge of this area, I tried to get a clear definition (and examples) that differentiates ehealth from public health. Thanks @soroyajulian and @FelipeMejiaMedina for continuing to expand our understanding of these areas and how they are operationalized.


As for examples:!/SoroyaJulian/status/162692742139490304!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162692713995710464!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162692485343232000

And finally:!/SoroyaJulian/status/162690874608852993!/FelipeMejiaMedi/status/162693044829831168

Below are a series of tweets that helps explain the two. Do you have anything else to add? Please share in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to join this week’s Tweet Chat at 7PM EST. Use #esac to follow and participate.


Paid fellowship in the US for international mobile health professionals

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round, but apply by February 12 for a June 2012 Fellowship

Atlas Corps is an international exchange program for the world’s best nonprofit leaders. The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month, direct-service fellowship. In addition to serving at an organization related to their experience, Fellows will learn leadership skills and best practices while networking with skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world.

Recruiting international nonprofit professionals with eHealth or mobile health experience, especially those from Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. This Fellow will serve at a public health organization for 12 to 18 months beginning in June 2012.

Eligibility: Applicants must be under the age of 35, have at least a Bachelor’s degree, be proficient in English, have two or more years of experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector, and be committed to returning to their home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship.

Apply: For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit:

Please note that applications are accepted year-round, and the deadline has been extended to February 12 for mobile health professionals to be considered for the June 2012 class.