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Rockefeller Foundation supports expansion, training of e-health work force in developing world
Date:2/19/2010

The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a $630,100 project support grant to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) to support the initial implementation this year of a global e-Health training program in sub-Saharan Africa designed for primary care providers, technical staff and health policy-makers. The Rockefeller grant will support Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs), a program developed by AMIA in which distance-learning supports clinical and health informatics training in low-resource countries where greater understanding and use of informatics and databases can enable better support of community care and public health services. This education initiative will provide an infrastructure that enables a broad audience such as community health workers in developing countries to acquire skills and knowledge in informatics at little or no cost to indigenous institutions or individuals.

"HIBBs implementation enables AMIA to develop fruitful partnerships with sub-Saharan Health Ministries, universities, and other organizations working locally to help provide education in clinical and health informaticsa forward-reaching and patient-focused strategy," said AMIA President Ted Shortliffe. "Skillful informatics training not only will improve health outcomes for millions of people who depend on local clinics, physicians, nurses, midwives and community health workers for their personal care, it also will offer opportunities to improve livelihoods of thousands of people interested in health and medical careers, and health information technology."

By the end of 2010, AMIA will introduce three HIBBs prototypes to test in partnership with sub-Saharan African organizations. Each informatics training module will provide e-health knowledge and skills for individuals in low-resource environments who are involved in: 1) planning and implementing health-related information and technology systems and who make policy decisions about such systems;
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Contact: Nancy Light
nlight@amia.org
301-275-1203
American Medical Informatics Association
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