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Community Leadership and Policy Change 
Improving Access to Healthcare and Human Services: Elements of Success
06 Mar - 13 Mar, 2002
 Influence, Values, and Professional Responsibility in the News Media

Faculty:
Orvill Adams - Director for Health Service Provision, Department of Evidence and Information Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva
Mesfin Addisse  
Vernice Anthony - Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Community Health, St. John Health System, Detroit, Michigan
Erve Bottex - HIV/AIDS Family Services Coordinator, Volunteers of America, Hawthorne, New York; Former Community Health Division Director for Rural Haiti
Ricardo Dios - Total Quality Management Consultant, Project 2000, Ministry of Health, Lima; UNI-Trujillo Health Services Development, National University of Trujillo
Timothy Evans  
Guo Yan - Vice Dean, School of Public Health, Beijing Medical University
Ligia Salazar  
David Williams - Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Additional Session Support:
Brett Bowers (Resource Specialist)  
Rebecca Hearfield (Resource Specialist) - Rebecca Hearfield is a photographer with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Marguerite Johnson (Resource Specialist) - Vice President for Programs, Health Division, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan
James Richmond (Resource Specialist)  
Henrie Treadwell (Resource Specialist) - Program Director for Health, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan
Karen Whalen (Resource Specialist)  
Edwin Wright (Resource Specialist)  

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There is a universal need for the improvement of quality healthcare and greater access to human services. Although improvements can be seen in areas such as broader availability of childhood vaccinations and the recent success in some developing countries to purchase HIV/AIDS treatment drugs at cost, there remain significant obstacles to general health care and preventive primary care. Diverse and innovative strategies have been implemented around the world to overcome these barriers and to improve access to health services; these include improved education, greater sensitivity to cultural acceptability, and increased affordability. Recognizing that access to and utilization of a comprehensive set of services are essential to the acquisition and maintenance of health, the session will begin by identifying barriers to services, comparing and contrasting experiences in different cultural and social contexts. The session will then focus on strategies and case studies that have been successful in reducing or eliminating these diverse obstacles. Particular emphasis will be given to community-based approaches that are able to utilize local talents and resources; attention will also be given to alternative options for services, such as community health centers and traditional healers. The session will also explore the relationship between public policy and the role played by community leaders in effecting positive change.


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