health research priority-setting

health research priority-setting

Theme:

Engaging communities in health research priority-setting is a key means of setting research topics and questions of relevance and benefit to them. But communities, especially those considered disadvantaged and marginalised, rarely have a say in the agendas and priorities of the very health research projects that aim to help them.

How can researchers and communities share power and ownership when setting priorities for health research projects? An “ethical toolkit” is being developed to help researchers and their partners design inclusive priority-setting processes for health research projects. The toolkit places community engagement and power-sharing at the heart of health research priority-setting. It is a reflective project planning aid for use before priority-setting is undertaken for a health research project. It consists of 3 worksheets and a companion document.

In today’s workshop, the ethical toolkit will be introduced to workshop participants and they will be able to give comments and feedback. Then workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply the toolkit to their current/upcoming health research projects in small groups. (The toolkit is currently not publicly available but will be provided to participants at
the workshop.)

About the speaker

Dr Bridget Pratt is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Equity at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on the ethics of global health research and health systems research, with a focus on social and global justice. She develops ethical guidance
for global health research in relation to multiple areas: priority-setting, governance, capacity development, community engagement, provision of ancillary care, research translation, benefit-sharing, and data sharing.

The event is organised by the health equity cluster at IPH Bengluru and is supported by the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance fellowship to Dr. Prashanth N S

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Speaker

Dr Bridget Pratt

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Affiliation

School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Date

19-April-2019

Time

10:00 am – 3.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

National Conference on Tobacco or Health

National Conference on Tobacco or Health

The fourth edition of the ‘National Conference on Tobacco or Health’ concluded recently in Mumbai (8-10 February 2019). It saw a range of stakeholders across Indian states coming together in what the conference’s organizing secretary described as the “Kumbh Mela” of tobacco control. The Institute of Public Health (Bengaluru) had a strong presence at the conference, attended by Upendra Bhojani, Faculty and India Alliance Fellow, and his team, Aparna Vincent and Amiti Varma. Upendra served as a co-chair for the pre-conference and presented on ‘research ethics’ as part of a pre-conference workshop on research priorities for tobacco control in India. Apart from chairing a couple of sessions in the conference, he presented on the politics of tobacco and on tobacco industry interference, including in the closing plenary of the conference. Amiti presented on behalf of Pragati Hebbar (IPH faculty and India Alliance Fellow) on studying the implementation of tobacco control laws in India.

The NCTOH has been an important platform for individuals and organizations working on tobacco control across all of India to come together, and the 4th NCTOH was equally enriching and productive.

Unpacking Interventions

Unpacking Interventions

Dr. Pragati Hebbar will be presenting a seminar on the topic ‘Unpacking implementation’.

As part of her early career Wellcome trust/ DBT India Alliance fellowship she is undertaking an ‘Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India’. One of the first steps in this endeavor is to unpack ‘implementation’ and related concepts/models/theories/frameworks and define it for this project purpose. Through this seminar she would like to share her readings and thoughts on the topic of implementation and garner feedback into how she has situated the same in her work.

Speaker

Dr. Pragati Hebbar
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Affiliation

IPH Faculty

Date

31-January-2019

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

Experience of Health Inequities

Experience of Health Inequities

Dr. Nityasri S N will be presenting  a seminar on the topic ‘Experience of health inequities among forest- dwelling tribal communities in Karnataka’.
The tribal communities in India are categorised as Scheduled Tribes. Forest-dwelling tribal communities in most parts of India prefer to be known as Adivasis. There have been descriptive studies about the nature and extent of health inequities among Adivasi communities, but there is a lack of understanding of the pathways and processes which lead to the inequities. Dr. Nityasri proposes tto study (as part of her PhD), the experiences of inequities among Adivasis. Using case studies, she proposes to develop a framework mapping the pathways of inequities among Adivasis in Karnataka. 

Speaker

Dr Nityasri

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

30-January-2019

Time

11:00 AM – 12.00 PM

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

Enhancing the role of community

Enhancing the role of community

While great gains have been made in both understanding and eradicating disease burdens for indigenous populations, health systems studies, and studies assessing service utilization and delivery are limited. Further, Community Health Workers, or ASHAs, have helped in improving maternal and child health outcomes as well as reducing the toll of infectious diseases – the very service areas where tribal populations face great barriers. Given the recent focus on universal health coverage reform, and the recommendations of expert groups, there is a need to more deeply enhance and improve the contribution of CHW programmes in service of tribal health needs. In this study, we draw attention to tribal minority populations in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve region, spanning the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala. Notwithstanding that both states have relatively strong health systems, by virtue of being a small and relatively isolated, tribal populations have limited access to programmes and services– they are being left behind. The methods used in this study include key informant and in depth interviews, focus group discussions in close coordination with local implementer groups and government agencies.

Speaker

Dr. Tanya Seshadri

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Affiliation

IPH Adjunct Faculty

Date

17-January-2019

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

IPH observes National road safety week – 2019

IPH observes National road safety week – 2019

Awareness activities on road safety by the Institute of Public Health and Padmashree school of public health under the initiative of ‘SAFER ROADS BENGALURU’ at Hebbal Junction

Institute of Public Health under the banner of ‘SAFER ROADS BENGALURU’ initiative in association with Padmashree School of Public Health with the support of Bengaluru Traffic Police and Road safety authority had organized a road safety awareness activity to mark the national road safety week 2019 on 09th Jan 2019 at Hebbal junction.

Human chain by students to create road safety awareness

As part of this awareness program, a human chain was formed. Students with effective messages on road safety approached two-wheeler riders who were not wearing helmets and four-wheeler drivers who were not wearing seat belts to pass on the message on the importance of wearing helmets and seat belts along with the other road safety measures. Students also performed small skits on the road when the traffic signal was in stop mode.

Dr. Pragati Hebbar, Faculty, Institute of Public Health, Dr. Uma Shankar from Padmashree School of Public Health, Shri. Praveen, Police Inspector, Hebbal Police station along with more than a hundred students participated in this event.

Students creating awareness during Road safety week event organised by IPH

Few media coverage link:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/events/bangalore/students-gather-at-hebbal-to-spread-road-safety-message/articleshow/67925417.cms