Building capacity for health policy and systems research (HPSR) is a critical step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and responding to socio-demographic and geo-political challenges in COVID-19 era. The webinar will provide a forum to share different processes, learning and outcomes in HPSR teaching and learning at different PG levels of MSc and PhD programs. The speakers will focus on pre and post-COVID experiences from both the a programmatic and student lens, highlighting (i) North-South partnerships, (ii) a Multi-stakeholder and inter-disciplinary approach between academia and program implementers, (iii) participatory values, and (iv) a focus on translating research into better policy and practice. The session will further offer an opportunity for attendees to engage in discussion, ask questions, and share learning and experiences across institutions.
Coordinated and Moderated by: Ayat Abu-Agla, Coordinator of the HSG Teaching and Learning Thematic Working Group.
- Whitney Mphangwe – a Nutritionist currently working in the Government of Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. She is a 2018/19 Irish Aid Fellowship scholarship recipient and studied MSc. in Global Health at the Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland. Whitney brings a unique mixture of experience and expertise in Nutrition and Global Health research, policy and programmes. She is currently part of the District Rapid Response team for COVID related interventions. She is also a technical lead in the District Nutrition Coordinating Committee (DNCC), a structure overseeing implementation of all nutrition interventions in the district. Her most recent study was on Stunting, exploring the factors that contribute to malnutrition in the context of good agricultural production and a rich interventions area.
- Mairéad Finn – a sociologist and health systems researcher at the Institute for Global Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin. She works on implementation research projects to strengthen and scale up health systems in rural districts of sub-Saharan Africa, with recent focus on management and surgical systems.
- Kingsley Chikaphupha – a health systems and Public Health researcher. Passionate about human resources for health, especially working with community health workers and district health management teams (DHMT), Health systems strengthening, human rights and gender, equitable access to health care, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS. Kingsley holds a MSc in International Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His experience as a researcher spans for over 12 years in both operations and implementation research using mixed methods approaches. Kingsley has over 10 publications in peer review journals. Kingsley currently works as the Research coordinator at REACH Trust with extensive skills in managing multi-country projects. He also co-chairs a Thematic Working Group on Community Health Workers of the Health Systems Global. Kingsley also leads a cluster on Participatory Action Research within the Social Science Approaches for Research and Engagement in Health Policy and Systems (SHAPES) thematic working group of the Health Systems Global.
- Frédérique Vallières – a Lecturer in Global Health and Psychology and the Director of the Trinity Centre for Global Health, where she also directs the PhD in Global Health (INDIGO). Frédérique’s current research focuses on the application of Psychology to Global Health, with a focus on Global Mental Health, Health System Strengthening, and Human Resources for Health. Her research is primarily concerned with closing the research-to-practice gap prevalent within Global Health. To this end, she prioritises working in close collaboration with her growing network of influential local and international non-governmental organisations, as well as public bodies, such that research findings are integrated for improved practice and policy.
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