More than 400 million people never see a health worker and how health workers are educated is part of the problem.
The Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet) works to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality care by transforming the way health workers are trained to be in line with community needs and fostering a new generation of caregivers who choose to work in underserved areas.
Learning from and partnering with others is at the core of everything we do. It underpins the principles of social accountability and community engagement which guide our efforts to increase health equity.
All activities and programs of socially accountable schools are designed, conducted and evaluated in genuine partnership with the communities they serve.
Institutions that train health workers design their education, research and service activities to meet health needs of the communities they serve—with priorities jointly defined by government, services providers and others including the populations in greatest need.
Everyone has a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life, with access to high quality health services.
THEnet and its partners work to reform health workforce education and increase access to health services through:
Improving the ability of leaders, faculty, and institutions to implement effective strategies
Services and Expertise
Applying our extensive expertise and innovative strategies to improve and evaluate education programs
Investigating the effectiveness of social accountability strategies and measuring their impact
Advocating for health equity oriented, community-engaged and socially accountable health workforce education
THEnet creates tools that help schools, governments, and practitioners assess needs, adjust strategies and policies, and measure the impact of their programs. THEnet’s Community of Practice is a forum for peers around the world to share knowledge, collaborate and access the Resource Center and the Framework for Socially Accountable Health Workforce Education.
Work settings of the first seven cohorts of James Cook University Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery graduates: Meeting a social accountability mandate through contribution to the public sector and Indigenous health services
Social Accountability: A Framework for Medical Schools to Improve the Health of the Populations They Serve
Community engagement: A central feature of NOSM’s socially accountable distributed medical education
Positive implications from socially accountable, community-engaged medical education across two Philippines regions
Socially accountable medical education strengthens community health services
Emerging evidence suggests that social accountability strategies – for example, schools partnering with communities to develop curricula in line with local needs; selecting students most likely to stay in underserved communities and training them in settings where they are expected to serve, increase access to health services.
These are the kinds of questions that THEnet’s global research teams aim to answer. We collaborate with institutions, policy makers and partners to develop a strong evidence base of successful strategies that will educate a fit-for-purpose health workforce.
THEnet’s Current Research Projects:
THEnet strengthens the capacity of professional associations, health leaders, health workforce education institutions and their graduates to increase their positive impact on health and health equity. We do this through a community of practice of peers, providing access to resources, tools, and online learning modules and by providing tailored technical assistance and policy guidance.
Social Accountability Framework:
THEnet and its partners developed The Framework for Socially Accountable Health Workforce Education, a powerful, practical, and comprehensive tool to help schools align the training of health workers with community needs. The Framework helps schools design, modify, and evaluate their programs so that they can realize true health equity in an inequitable world. It has been adopted and used extensively around the world. An interactive online version is available on THEnet’s Community of Practice and includes tools such as generic ethics applications, project management tools and focus groups questions. The Framework will soon include online learning modules on how to implement social accountability strategies and evaluate impact.
The Community of Practice: THEnet operates an online Community of Practice with access to its Framework for Socially Accountable Health Workforce Education, Resource Center and working groups.
Through our advocacy efforts the principles of social accountability, health equity and community engagement in education, championed by THEnet, are gaining traction. Examples of impact at a global level include:
THEnet is a trusted provider of technical assistance in designing socially accountable and community engaged health workforce education programs, evaluating education initiatives and their impact, and offering policy guidance to governments, schools and international partners.
For example, as an international expert in the evaluation of health workforce education, we were chosen by the US Government to conduct an external midterm evaluation of its $130 million-dollar Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Africa. Upon completion of the evaluation, the U.S. Government contracted us to conduct the midterm evaluation of its $30 million-dollar Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP) that includes nursing and midwifery education.
THEnet offers technical assistance and consultancy services in the following areas:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in accessing THEnet’s services and expertise.