Dr. Reid Bates serves as lead facilitator for two-day workshop in Port of Spain, Trinidad

10/01/14

LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s School of Leadership and Human Resource Development Professor Dr. Reid Bates served as the lead facilitator for the two-day “Strengthening the Foundation: Moving Human Resources for Health Forward In the Caribbean, 2015 to 2020” workshop with Chief Medical Officers and Permanent Secretaries from several Caribbean countries in Port of Spain, Trinidad on September 11-12, 2014.

This workshop identified challenges to achieving health system outcomes, identified changes and strategies needed, and resulted in timelines in developing productive collaborations.

As lead facilitator, Dr. Bates duties were to: define the meeting objectives and design the workshop in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center (CHART) Regional Coordinating Unit at the University of the West Indies; design, develop, and lead participatory activities which enabled key leaders from the Ministries of Health in the Caribbean to identify critical human resources for health (HRH) needs as they align with the Caribbean HRH Roadmap; and facilitate the exploration of strategies for advancing the development and implementation of national HRH plans through national initiatives and regional collaborations including those with the University of West Indies, the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and the Caribbean Community.

Attendees included more than 20 public officials from the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, and Jamaica.

The workshop started from the premise that there is no health system without a health workforce. It was designed to allow key leaders from the Ministries of Health to sharpen their focus on implementation of key dimensions of the Caribbean HRH Roadmap and to explore strategies for finalizing and implementing national human resources for health plans, and continuing to support regional approaches to HRH with the aim of strengthening the capacity of countries to achieve their health goals and strategies.

The workshop was sponsored by the Caribbean Regional HIV/AIDS Coordinating Center (CHART) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) with funding from the U. S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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