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Family Health International Featured at Global Health Council Conference

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Health International's staff will make several key presentations and the organization will introduce a number of new publications at the annual Global Health Council's International Conference May 27-31, 2008, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Join FHI staff as they present on topics including the public health impact of the recent violence in Kenya, community-based provision of injectable contraceptives in Africa, and harnessing indigenous volunteer groups to respond to HIV/AIDS. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

9 am - Noon

Hampton Ballroom

Skill-Building Workshop: Social Marketing to Facilitate Behavior Change and Action

This workshop will provide the "nuts and bolts" of social marketing methodology and application, giving participants the opportunity to brainstorm about innovative approaches for their programs or projects.

Workshop Facilitators:

Lynda Bardfield, Family Health International

Sureyya E. Hornston, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

R. Craig Lefebvre, Population Services International

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

9:45 am -11:45 am

Palladian Ballroom

Where Communities Meet Family Planning: New Approaches to Community-Based Programs

Presenters will discuss topics that include community-based distribution of injectable contraceptives for rural women, innovative community-based approaches to increase contraceptive use among marginalized communities, and the importance of good governance and civil society strengthening in community-based family planning interventions.

Janet Meyers, Macro International

John Stanback, Family Health International

Neena Khadka, SC US

Jennifer Lee Loucks, CARE

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Noon - 1:30 pm

Regency Ballroom

Improving Maternal Health and Reducing Child Mortality: Exploring Common Issues for High Impact Solutions

Expert panelists will discuss community-based approaches that are succeeding in increasing access to health services for women and children and decreasing morbidity and mortality rates.

Katherine F. Pickus, Abbott Fund

Ward Cates, Family Health International

Leon Kintaudi, ECC/DOM

George A. Little, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Governors Room

Community Advocacy Campaigns: Advancing the Reproductive Health and Family Planning Agenda

The presenters will discuss strategies and experiences mobilizing communities around a wide variety of challenges ranging from promoting maternal health rights to community-based provision of injectable contraception.

Aparajita Gogoi, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

Kirsten W. Krueger, Family Health International

Reshma Trasi, International Center for Research on Women

Merrill Wolf, Freelance Writer

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ambassador Ballroom

Roundtable Session: Human Resources in Health, Community Health Workers

Each presenter will lead a small group of participants in discussing a program or research topic. FHI's Dorothy Muroki will lead a discussion on "Harnessing Indigenous Volunteer Groups to Expand Community HIV/AIDS Response."

Friday, May 30, 2008

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Executive Room

Measuring the Impact of Public Health Information: Evidence and Practice

The presenters will discuss experiences developing databases and other knowledge management tools and their impact on research utilization and program development.

Susan McIntyre, Family Health International

Ellen H. Starbird, USAID

Tara Marie Sullivan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School

Barbara K. Timmons, Management Sciences for Health

Friday, May 30, 2008

12:30 - 2 pm

Regency Ballroom

How Do Current Events Affect Health Care in the Community? A Look at Kenya

Panelists who have been "on the ground" in Kenya before, during, and after the recent wave of violence will discuss what happens to the health and development of the community when systems break down suddenly.


Sheila Mitchell, Family Health International


Salvador de la Torre, Catholic Medical Missions Board

Sylvester Kimaiyo, AMPATH

Peter Okaalet, MAP International

Florence Muli-Musiime, African Medical and Research Foundation

FHI's Presenters

Lynda Bardfield is a Technical Advisor, Prevention and Mitigation, at FHI. She specializes in the integration of marketing and behavior change, participatory communication, working with at-risk populations to give them a voice, and training artists as change agents.

Ward Cates, MD, MPH, is President of Research at FHI. Dr. Cates has authored or coauthored more than 450 scientific publications, coauthored the book Contraceptive Technology, and served on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals.

Kirsten Krueger, MSW, is a Senior Program Officer in FHI's Applied Research Division. She currently works on research-to-practice reproductive health activities in Africa.

Susan McIntyre is FHI's Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Technologies Research and Utilization (CRTU) Program and has over 25 years experience in the reproductive health field.

Sheila Mitchell, MBA, is Senior Vice President of Global Operations at FHI. With a technical background in HIV testing and blood safety, she has worked in more than 30 countries, providing leadership and assistance in strategic design and management of interventions at the national, project and institutional level.

Dorothy Muroki is Deputy Director of FHI's Regional Outreach Addressing AIDS through Development Strategies (ROADS) Project. Ms. Muroki has extensive experience in program management and capacity building.

New Publications Available in FHI's Exhibition Hall Booth

Visit FHI's booth (#216) to review our wide range of toolkits, training manuals, and other publications for research, public health, and youth programs. Newly released and featured publications include:

-- Empowered by Faith: Collaborating with Faith-based Organizations to Confront HIV/AIDS

-- Adherence Support Worker Training

-- Behavioral Surveillance Surveys

-- Long-Acting and Permanent Methods: Addressing Unmet Need in Family Planning in Africa

-- Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector's Field Guide

-- Provision of Injectable Contraceptive Services through Community-Based Distribution

About FHI

Family Health International (FHI) has been at the forefront of public health research, prevention, care and treatment in the developing world since 1971. With more than 2,000 staff globally and programs in over 65 countries, FHI works to address the most pressing public health needs of developing countries, which include family planning and reproductive health, child and maternal health, chronic diseases, and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and avian influenza, all within the context of a broader development framework.

Contact: Tae Crotty

Director of Communications


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