Global Health 101
Skolnik, Richard. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016.
In its third edition, this text offers an introduction to critical issues in global health with particular emphasis on the health-development link, developing countries, and the health needs of the disadvantaged. It covers a wide range of topics and includes expanded coverage of adolescent health, immunization, health disparities, and pharmaceuticals.
Electronic health (eHealth) refers to the health sector’s use of information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phones, portable and handheld computers, Internet and cloud-based applications, open source software, and data warehouses. Advances in ICT have increased exponentially the amount of data that health information systems can collect, synthesize, and report. Expansion of these technologies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) promises to revolutionize the global health sector’s response to these countries’ most pressing health issues.
Exploiting eHealth solutions, such as data dashboards and geospatial data analysis, can help strengthen health systems in low-resource settings. Even though health program managers in LMICs—as everywhere—are increasingly expected to use and invest in such strategies, many lack information about how the strategies work and how they can benefit the management of health programs.
To address this problem, MEASURE Evaluation developed a glossary of eHealth strategies most likely to enhance data access, synthesis, and communication for health program managers at all levels of a health system who are eHealth novices.
Blog topics included:
- Delivering Data at #WD2016
- Take What You Need
- Viva la Data Revolution!
- Counting my….Privilege
- De-feminizing Gender
By Brittany Schriver, MPH, MEASURE Evaluation
We’ve arrived in Copenhagen and naturally we’re running about trying to prepare ourselves for our session and the conference as a whole. We’re staying in a home near the conference venue but a bit out from the city center. There are not many tourists on this side of the city and English is not common, so I was somewhat taken aback when I passed this sign.
Every tab had been pulled off. Clearly, whatever Copenhagen’s offering, people need.
Sometimes what people need can’t be found on a street pole advertisement. For most of the world’s women and girls, what is needed is equitable access to education and healthcare, freedom from violence, value in the community and economic spheres, and equal rights under the law. Women Deliver 2016 is an incredible forum for activists, world leaders, policy makers, researchers and others to come together to focus on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women—and the largest such gathering in more than a decade. This conference allows participants to share their experiences, opinions and insights and discuss key solutions to achieving the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.
Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
Leach, Melissa. New York: Routledge, 2016.
Leach is one of thirteen contributors who address why sustainable development and enhancing gender equality are important and why they must be addressed together. The authors call for policies, investments, and initiatives that recognize the rights and capabilities of women and their involvement in these processes as fundamental. This book demonstrates how plural pathways, underpinned by different narratives, are possible and how the choices between are ultimately political.
What will global health look like in the days when we have achieved our aim to strengthen the collection and use of health data and helped countries manage that data and the health systems that depend upon them?
When tools and guidance are applied to address information gaps and when all countries have the capacity for rigorous evaluation of health services and policies, what will we see?
We asked several experts at MEASURE Evaluation that question. Their answers can be found on the MEASURE Evaluation website – ten slightly different takes on the impact we all expect to make through our work with health information, technology, health equity, quality data, and capacity building for the same.
Shannon Juhnke (pronounced junk-ee) is a Finance and Business Operations Associate at ICF in Rockville, Maryland (just outside of DC). She studied economics at the University of Minnesota, then moved to Washington, DC, to work with the chief economist of the House Agricultural Committee.
After a couple of years on Capitol Hill, she took a job in program support at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (the PEPFAR headquarters at the State Department). While working full time for OGAC, she also took a full load of courses at George Washington University to get her Master of Public Policy degree, specializing in international (public-private) partnerships. With her degree in hand, Shannon took a job at ICF in early 2014.
MEASURE Evaluation was her first project. Shannon says “I quickly realized how complex and interesting it can be, and how great the people are. I feel extremely fortunate to work with such a committed and passionate group of people.”
To relax, Shannon likes to get outside. She and her dog (Willmar) and her boyfriend like to hike and camp – as they are doing here on the beach. She likes to visit Asheville, in the mountains of western NC, and Frederick, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Maryland.
We know from Shannon’s days at OGAC and Georgetown that she doesn’t do things half way. So when she visits her home in Minnesota, she often makes the 17+ hour drive in one long push. I’m just going to guess that Willmar is with her, but I doubt he helps much with the driving.