Jul 11 2013

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Email/online discussion forum for health and development professionals

Free webinar on Monday 15th July at 1600 to 1730 CEST (Central European Summer Time) (16:00h CEST is equivalent to 15:00h in London/British Summer Time, and 10:00h New York/EST).

This is a special meeting to share how to use email/online discussion software to facilitate communications for health. It is open to anyone with an interest, for example:
– Health professionals, librarians, publishers, researchers, policymakers
– Communication specialists, international development professionals, facilitators, moderators
– Anyone who wants to learn more on how to participate in and/or establish and/or maintain a Community of Practice.
– Speakers: Angela Nash (Knowledge Gateway/K4Health) and Neil Pakenham-Walsh (Dgroups/HIFA2015/CHILD2015/HIFA-Zambia).
– Learn how you can participate in and create your own email/online discussion forums for health and development, and how you can make them thrive.
– Facilitated Q&A to allow all participants to compare notes and foster peer learning

You will learn from two experienced moderators – Angela Nash (Knowledge Gateway) and myself, Neil Pakenham-Walsh (Dgroups/HIFA2015/CHILD2015/HIFA-Zambia). We shall describe how we use the Knowledge Gateway and Dgroups and discuss with you how you can create your own virtual Communities of Practice, and how you can make them thrive.

This is the 3rd event in the Dgroups Online Peer Exchange series.

1. Angela Nash Mercado will present how the Knowledge Gateway (which uses the same underlying software as Dgroups) connects people working in health and development through discussion forums.

2. Neil Pakenham Walsh will give us some insights on how Dgroups is used by HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015) and CHILD2015 to promote the availability and use of essential healthcare information in low- and middle-income countries.
Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA2015 campaign and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. He is also currently chair of the Dgroups Foundation, a partnership of 18 international development organisations promoting dialogue for international health and development. He started his career as a hospital doctor in the UK, and has clinical experience as an isolated health worker in rural Ecuador and Peru.  For the last 20 years he has been committed to the global challenge of improving the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information for health workers and citizens in low- and middle-income countries. He is particularly interested in the potential of inclusive, interdisciplinary communication platforms to help address global health and international development challenges. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the Wellcome Trust, Medicine Digest and INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications). He is based near Oxford, UK. www.hifa2015.org  neil.pakenham-walsh AT ghi-net.org

This is an open session for all with an interest in virtual communities and networks for heath and development, to discuss how to support communications, knowledge sharing and learning.

A facilitated Q&A will follow after each presentation, to allow participants to compare notes and foster peer learning.

If you are interested in participating, please register on this Eventbrite page:

Find out more here.

– Register here (free):

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