Transforming Health Professions Education and Training towards Universal Health: Advancing Social Accountability in the Region of the Americas

The Department of Health Systems and Services, Unit of Human Resources for Health Invites you to the High Level Meeting:

Transforming Health Professions Education and Training towards Universal Health:
Advancing Social Accountability in the Region of the Americas

Date: Monday, 12 December, 2016

Time: 9:00 am (Eastern Standard Time – New York, GMT-05:00)

Place: Room 1017 - PAHO Headquarters - Washington D.C.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, we provide below, the WebEx virtual room: Participant Link (English virtual room)


ealth systems worldwide are confronted with an increased demand for quality health services, an aging population, a variety of health risks, and limited resources. Key stakeholders, including academic institutions and health services, are seeking a common vision for a more efficient and equitable health sector. Health educators have now to prepare graduates for this new context by training them in multi-professional healthcare settings at the community level, if they are to fulfill their social mission to achieve Universal Health.

Transformative education  seeks to ensure the sustainable expansion and reform of health professions education and training to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of health personnel and, in doing so, strengthen national health systems, expand access to quality healthcare, and improve health outcomes, particularly among the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. Over the years, a number of institutions - including WHO/PAHO- have promoted or implemented social accountability principles to guide health professions education and training to support health systems moving towards Universal Health.

The creation of a multi-country network focused on mentoring, coaching and sharing of best practices on social accountability with the combined participation of health and education sectors –including academic institutions- is key to advance the transformative education agenda in the Region of the Americas.


Moderator: José Francisco García-Gutiérrez, Advisor in Human Resources for Health (HSS/HR)

9:00 - 9:15 a.m
Welcome & Opening remarks
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director PAHO/WHO

9:15 - 09:45 a.m.    
The importance of social accountability in health professions education
Keynote speaker: Dr. Arthur Kaufman

Distinguished Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Community Health, University of New Mexico - USA

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Moderated: Discussion with panelists
Dr. Michael Glasser, University of Illinois at Rockford - USA
Dr. Martine Morin, Université de Sherbrooke - Canada
Dr. Larisa Carrera, Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Santa Fe - Argentina
Dr. Tomlin J Paul,The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica
Dr. Mercedes Cáceres, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua - UNAN León, Nicaragua
Dr. Ruy Souza, Universidad de Roraima - Brasil
Dr. Andre-Jacques Neusy / THEnet Training for Health Equity Network 
Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan /George Washington University - USA

10:45 - 11:20 a.m.
Comments and questions from the floor

11:20 - 11:30 a.m.
Closing remarks, Dr. Francisco Becerra, Assistant Director PAHO/WHO

For additional information please contact:
Dr. José Francisco García Gutierrez (HSS/HR)
Telephone: 202-974-3876


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