Resource Centre in Public Health & Community Health Fellowship Program (CHFP) Madhya Pradesh by the Centre for Public Health and Equity (CPHE) Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA) Bangalore
Establish a person centered CHFP in MP in 2009 with an intake of 20-30 young professionals per batch who become committed to community based health initiatives and processes over the period of their two-year course. To support them later in getting placements and providing opportunities for networking (20 with one funding partner, 30 with two or more funding partners).
2. To enable participants gain skills to build community capacity for health; to strengthen the public health system from below; and help develop strategies to reduce inequalities in health and access to health care, and
3. To develop and support practitioners, researchers and advocates in community health in Madhya Pradesh.
To develop a network of NGOs, academics and public health system staff keenly involved in community health action in Madhya Pradesh to undertake objective three & support objective two.
To develop the necessary organizational systems in Bhopal and Bangalore to support this, including a library and information unit focusing on health and health system issues relevant to central India, including developing a collection of resource material in Hindi.
A critical mass of community health/public health practitioners would work towards ‘better health and access to health care for the people and by the people’, as part of a transformation towards an inclusive society with peace, justice, health and well-being.
Teaching component: Contents will be comprehensive and organized into modules, with background material
Field Component : Participants would work in different districts either singly or in pairs with mentors from NGOs/ academics from the district. Their work in the districts will be linked to the Dept. of Health, but they will function with considerable autonomy. The term ‘field’ is interpreted in its broadest sense. Field placements will be facilitated and Fellows will be based with NGOs working with communities (rural, adivasi, a few with urban poor) – an MOU to be developed.
Mentoring : by the CPHE team and by field mentors over 2 years. Mentors will also go through a group process.
National workshop in April 2008 , at Bangalore discussing learning programs in community health, (focus on current community health learning programme and the MP initiative with key resource persons in community health in India)
A State Dialogue on the MP CHFP in November 2008 at Bhopal,
District visits, Meetings and Workshops have laid the foundations for an Alliance for Community Health
Placement of Fellows - A Cluster Based Approach: health and development for a sufficient period of time. The CPHE team in Bhopal and Bangalore will provide the Fellow’s with ongoing supportive supervision and guidance for their work in the field.
Bhopal as hub for central MP – covering the districts of Bhopal, Raisen, Sagar
Indore as hub for western MP – covering the districts of Indore, Barwani, Khargone, Alirajpur, Jhabua
Jabalpur as hub for eastern MP, especially the southern parts – covering the districts of Jabalpur, Chindwara, Seoni, Umeria
Sagar as hub for Bundelkhand – covering the districts of Damoh, Tikamgarh, Sagar, Panna and Chhatarpur
Gwalior as hub for northern MP- covering the districts of Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, and Shivpuri.
Linking with the Public Health System : Discussions have already been held with the NHSRC & the Health Commissioner and state NRHM Mission Director for a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Health Services, the NHSRC and CPHE-SOCHARA to ensure the identity and legitimacy of the Fellows.