Tuesday 14 July, 2020

UWI partners with Canadian University to bolster health policy

Professor Donald Simeon, Director of the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD).

Professor Donald Simeon, Director of the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD).

The Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD) of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of the West Indies (The UWI) St  Augustine Campus has announced a formal collaboration with the McMaster Health Forum of McMaster University, Ontario Canada.

This agreement builds on a long-standing partnership between the teams lead by Professor Donald Simeon, Director of CCHSRD and Professor John Lavis, Director of the McMaster Health Forum.

“We are excited to formalise our collaboration with McMaster Health Forum. I have worked with Professor Lavis and his team before and they are world leaders in the field of knowledge management. The CCHSRD and the Caribbean as a whole will benefit a lot from their expertise and experience in areas such as the uptake of research findings towards the strengthening of health systems and the development of health policy,” said Professor Simeon. 

“This is a great opportunity for us to continue building our networks in the Caribbean and promoting evidence-informed health and social-systems,” said Professor Lavis. “We look forward to this opportunity to learn from each other and to build capacity to better support the use of evidence in policymaking.”

Professor Lavis also serves on CCHSRD’s Advisory Board. The new partnership will allow The UWI CCHSRD to use tried and tested methodologies for hosting policy dialogues. This will enable the voices of average citizens and stakeholders to be heard and to shape policies for improving health systems in the region.

The collaboration will take many forms, including:

-   sharing and promoting materials and resources of mutual interest

- developing research proposals and projects, and exchanging relevant scientific information

-  participating in webinars and other knowledge-translation initiatives

- exploring the development of university-based educational programmes and community-based training programmes

- facilitating the exchange of faculty members, research staff, and students for research, teaching, and professional training

The CCHSRD has a pivotal role to generate and facilitate the use of research evidence in order to strengthen health systems and policymaking processes. The work of the Centre is facilitated through inter-disciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration, priority setting and embedded research.

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