Bates serves as Human Resources Advisor Abroad

08/30/13

LSU School of Leadership and Human Resource Development Professor Reid Bates serves as the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Technical Advisor, assisting the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART) and the University of the West Indies, in Kingston, Jamaica since January 2013.

The CHART office in Kingston, Jamaica is housed in the University of the West Indies/Kingston and is the regional coordinating center for a network of training centers in the Caribbean. The CHART network was established in 2003 by the CARICOM Secretariat and other regional and international collaborators as a regional initiative with the purpose of building a cadre of skilled healthcare personnel to effectively address the HIV and AIDS care and treatment needs in the Caribbean region. In the last several years the scope of CHART’s work has been broadened beyond training to encompass the strengthening human resources for health (HRH) across all health programs in the Caribbean, not just HIV/AIDS units.

Dr. Bates’ role with CHART is to provide leadership and technical assistance in the development of HRH strategic plans, best practices in workforce planning and performance systems, professionalizing HRH at the country level in the Caribbean region, and in the development of competency-based HRH training capacity in collaboration with the University of the West Indies. As HRH Technical advisor, Bates works on strengthening the health workforce across several Caribbean countries. This year alone he visited the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados. He has met with ministers of health in Jamaica and the Bahamas to see what health sector goals are and how CHART can support them. On CHART’s behalf he has developed a collaborative work agreement with Pan-American Health Association (PAHO) in Barbados to address several key HRH issues in the Caribbean.

“Everything in my role as HRH Advisor is relevant to the courses I teach and our program in Leadership and Human Resource Development. There is a big human resource component to effective health systems – often called the crisis in human resources for health – and my work with CHART is to help address this crisis in the Caribbean. This work has direct benefits for my teaching. I use many examples from thisand other international work I have done to help our students understand how our graduate and undergraduate programs develop skills that can be applied in an extensive variety of cultural, economic, and work contexts. This work is also parallels my major areas of scholarly interest that include training effectiveness, learning transfer and workforce development, areas in which I have been an active researcher and practitioner for nearly 20 years,” said Bates.

Dr. Bates has extensive international experience. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2009 and spent 11 months lecturing and conducting research at the International University of Management (IUM) in Windhoek, Namibia. In 2011, he was on leave from LSU and served as Senior Technical Advisor for HRH in Kigali, Rwanda working with Tulane University. Prior to coming to LSU, Dr. Bates worked in the Marshall Islands as Director of Workforce Training and Education at the College of the Marshall Islands. He served as Training Coordinator for CHP International in Cameroon, West Africa where he designed and delivered vocational teacher training for American Peace Corps volunteers working in Cameroon. Dr. Bates is also a former Peace Corps volunteer (Swaziland ’85-’89), an experience that gave rise to his deep interest in international human resource capacity building and workforce system development.

“I believe deeply in the value of international experience and would like to see an increased emphasis on global competency and
perspective integrated at every layer at LSU. This includes better integration of global issues in curriculum, increased recruitment of international students, promotion of study abroad for LSU students, increased institutional support for international partnerships and linkages, and recognition for faculty involvement in international projects,” said Bates.

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