To evolve our systems of care, we must take steps we can work with on a daily basis. At the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, we aim to build our approach to training global health change agents into a curriculum that can be shared with our partners and made available to all global health workers.
Our training and workforce program helps students and health professionals learn the skills they need to strengthen health systems for communities. We do that by educating and empowering students through organizing workshops and guest speakers on topics not available in a typical medical curriculum. Students and professionals are also empowered with experiential learning through arranged opportunities to conduct hands-on research in communities. We manage a learning network that equips primary care health professionals with the knowledge and relationships needed to sustain transformation in primary care.
Spotlight: What it takes to be a change agent
A global health change agent can be anyone who wants to implement an initiative to spark change in a system that can improve people’s health. Achieving success requires skills, knowledge, and mindsets that go well beyond medical training. We reviewed the fields of global health, change management, and structural competency and came up with a list of 26 competencies that fall into three categories: self, interpersonal, and systemic. Examples of each include: Self – Ethics, leadership, and flexibility. Interpersonal – communications, decision-making, and diplomacy. Systemic – Advocacy, policy analysis, and systems design. We believe these competencies drive strength across a variety of contexts, cultures, systems, and roles.