Building a Road Map for Strengthening the Caribbean Health Workforce 2012-2017
High Level Meeting on Human Resources for Health in the Caribbean
Bridgetown, Barbados Monday, March 19 – Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together leaders from the health and academic sectors to agree on cooperative strategies and common milestones that will prepare the Caribbean health workforce to better address the expanding health challenges of the ageing population, the increasing prevalence of NCDs, and the long-term care demands of chronic conditions and mental illnesses. The result of this meeting will be a consensus on A Road Map for Strengthening Human Resources for Health in the Caribbean. This Road Map will provide a framework to guide national policies, stakeholder actions, and cross-country collaboration toward achieving the Caribbean Cooperation in Health, Phase III for objectives for human resources for health.
Day 1: Road Map Responds to Current Health Needs
08:30 – 09:00 Arrivals and registration of participants
09:00 – 10:10 Opening / Welcome / Introductions
- Opening and introductions: Merle Lewis, PAHO/WHO Representative, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries (ECC)
- Welcome: Socorro Gross, Assistant Director, PAHO
- Remarks and national perspective: Honorable Donville Inniss, Minister of Health, Barbados
- Reflections: Merle Lewis
10:10 – 10:20 Coffee break
10:20 – 10.30 Meeting objectives and expected outcomes
- Charles Godue,Coordinator, Human Resource for Health, PAHO/WHO Regional Office
10:30 – 13:00 Setting the stage: Situation of HRH in the Caribbean
10:30 – 10:35 Objectives of the session:
- Charles Godue,Coordinator, Human Resource for Health, PAHO/WHO Regional Office (Moderator)
10:35 – 10:50 Presentation: Human Resources for Health in the Caribbean
- Rudolph Cummings, Program Manager, Health Sector Development, CARICOM
10:50 – 11:05 Capacities of Caribbean Health Workforce to meet current health challenges of non-communicable diseases, chronic conditions, and ageing.
- Branka Legetic, PAHO Regional Advisor, Non-Communicable Diseases
11:05 – 11:20 HRH in the context of health systems in the Caribbean.
- Rasul Baghirov, Health Systems Advisor, PAHO OCPC
11:20 – 11:50 Current HRH strengths and gaps and the national capacity for planning and management.
- Rick Cameron,HRH Consultant, PAHO Barbados, Member of Working HRH Road Map Group
11:50 – 13:00 Plenary discussion. Country inputs and feedback on current Caribbean HRH situation
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 The HRH Road Map and its governance component
14:00 – 14:05 Objectives ofthe session:
- Merle Lewis, PWR, PAHO Office of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries
14:05 – 14:20 Introduction of HRH Road Map
- Allison Annette Foster, Consultant, PAHO Regional Office and Member of HRH Road Map Working Group
14:20 – 14:45 Presentation: Review of challenges in governance as related to HRH in the Caribbean that need to be addressed to achieve the milestones of the HRH Road Map
- Sheila Forrester Campbell, Member of the HRH Road Map Working Group
14:45 – 15:00 Q and A Round to clarify the Road Map and its governance component
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15.15 – 16.45 Working groups
Each group will be asked 3 questions in relation to Governance challenges and solutions to achieve Road Map Milestones.
1.Are the proposed milestones relevant and feasible? If not, what can be added or changed to align the governance milestones with HRH priorities?
2. How might individual countries strengthen their capacities for updating key HRH data, evaluating the information, and applying it to decisions?
3. How might a regional database be useful to individual countries and to the region as a whole? Each group will be moderated by a Member of Working Group. A Rapporteur of each group will present collective finding during the Plenary.
16:45 – 17:15 Plenary: Working Group Presentations
17:15 Close of day one
Day 2: Cooperative Strategies for Achieving Road Map Objectives
09:00 – 12:00 Building the HRH Road Map for the Caribbean: The education and training component
09.00 – 09:10 Objectives of the session:
- Eugenie Myrie-Brown, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Associate Professor, UTech, Jamaica (Moderator)
09:10 – 09:50 Presentation: Review of challenges to education and in-service training as related to HRH in the Caribbean and to be addressed to achieve Road Map milestones
- Samuel Ramseewak, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI St. Augustine, Member of Road Map Working Group
09:50 – 10:15 Q and A Round to clarify the training and education component of the Road Map
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break
10.30 – 12.00 Working groups
Each group will be asked 4 questions in relationship to Training and Education challenges and solutions to achieve Road Map Milestones.
Proposed working group questions:
1. Are the milestones for education relevant and feasible?
2. How might a Learning Network be developed so that academic institutions can work together to create on-line training for both HRH managers and health care professionals?
3. Are these training topics the most relevant? Are there additional areas of capacity building that should be added or substituted?
4. How might the Learning Network coordinate with other academic stakeholders to incorporate some of these training curricula into the accredited university programs? Each group will be moderated by a Member of Working Group. A Rapporteur of each group will present collective finding during the Plenary.
12:00 – 12:30 Plenary: Working Groups Presentations
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Road Map implementation: Partnership roundtable
13:30 – 13:50 Objectives of the session:
- Paul Scourfield, Chief Executive, Faculty of Public Health, London, England (Moderator)
13:50 – 14:20 Panelists will share their thoughts on strategies and for advancing Road Map objectives
Brendan Bain, Coordinator of the UWI HIV/AIDS Response Programme, UWI, Jamaica
Robin Buckland, Director, Field Service, Training and Response Division, Public Health Agency of Canada
Kendra Phillips, Health and HIV/AIDS Officer, USAID, Barbados
Roger Radix, Professor, St. Georges University
Michael Hainsworth, Quality Improvement Advisor, I-Tech, USA
13:50 – 14:20 Q and A Round to contribute thoughts on partnership strategies
15:00 – 15:30 Way forward
Presentation of next steps and communication strategy for the development of the Road Map
- Charles Godue and participants
15:30 Closure of meeting