The Communication for Communicators (C4C) School is now open to accepting applications from highly qualified and committed health professionals from the regional offices of the Department of Health, (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Commission on Population (POPCOM), the Provincial, City and Municipal Health Offices and health non-government organizations (NGOs) to the 2015 C4C Year 3 blended learning scholarship on Local Health Communication Project targeting Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning (FP), Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health, Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.
The 2015 C4C School, on its third year, is a capacity building initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Communication for Health Advancement through Networking and Government Enhancement (CHANGE) Project and the DOH, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Center for Communication Programs (JHU-CCP) and the Asian Institute of Management Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (AIM-SZDM). The 6-month blended learning will start with 5-day boot camps TENTATIVELY scheduled on the June 29 – July 3 and July 6-10, 2015 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati. There will be two-day mid-course conferences on September 2015 also at the AIM Conference Center. E-Learning modules - on health communication and social marketing, EQ, bridging leadership, developmental project design and management via the C4C School’s online portal - will complement the face-to-face sessions. EMentoring by the C4C faculty and mentors will assist the C4C scholars in the design and implementation of their respective localized health communication projects. A non-credit diploma, issued by the JHUCCP, AIM-SZDM, USAID-OH, CHANGE and DOH, will be awarded to the successful C4C graduates on the third week of December 2015.
The application period will start on April 15, 2015 and will end on May 22, 2015. Interested applicants may download from the C4C online portal at http://www.c4cschool.com or send email to the undersigned: [a] 2015 C4C Applicant’s CV Form, [b] 2015 C4C Localized Health Communication Project Proposal Form and [c] Endorsement Letter to 2015 C4C from Agency Head. The 2015 C4C Briefer, Guidelines for 2015 C4C Applicants and brief descriptions of the projects of the C4C Batch 1 will also be posted at the C4C portal for your easy reference. Only applications with complete requirements and endorsed by their respective agency heads will be processed. ONLY short-listed applicants will be contacted by the C4C Secretariat and will be informed of the next steps and status of their application. CHANGE will pay for all direct training costs of the C4C scholars while the sending agencies will shoulder the travel, per diems and other incidental expenses of their C4C scholars including C4C project design and implementation.
After completion of the 6-month blended learning course, the successful C4C graduates and their respective agencies will be able to scale-up their localized health communication projects or “horizontally” expand to other priority health programs. The C4C Alumni Society will be open to the 2nd batch for continuing education and expertise sharing with the C4C Faculty and alumni.
For details visit www.c4cschool.com.
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FLORES Borata, 54, a Barangay Service Point Officer (BSPO) from Barangay Camada in Borongan City admitted she needed the skills on information-giving and counseling.
She said it is important for barangay population volunteers like her to communicate effectively to improve client satisfaction, compliance with treatments and health outcomes.
Borata was one of the 48 BSPOs of Borongan City who attended the Interpersonal Communication and Counseling (IPCC) training conducted by the Commission on Population-8 (POPCOM) last May 4-6, 2015. The activity was made possible through the work of Dr. Ethel A. Lagria, the city population officer of Borongan.
As a new population structure, Lagria has prioritized the organization of BSPOs in the city and eventually trained them on IPCC before providing services to their respective communities.
The training in Borongan City was the latest of the five IPCC trainings for BSPOs conducted by POPCOM since January of this year. Previous IPCC trainings for BSPOs were also held in Palompon, Isabel, Inopacan and Baybay City in Leyte in coordination with Melchora E. Cawile, the OIC-Provincial Population Officer of Leyte.
BSPOs were specifically trained to establish rapport with their client, listen actively to correctly assess the health or family planning concerns of the client, provide information and options for solving the health or family planning concern, refer clients to get additional services or information if needed, and summarize the main points discussed.
“After the training, I am assured that my clients are guided to make a well-informed and voluntary choice of action that is best suited to address his or her individual health needs,” Borata said.
Melanie C. Alberto, POPCOM’s Technical Services Division chief said many health workers and population workers do not view interpersonal communication as a particular skill.
“As a result, they pay little attention to their interpersonal communication styles. However, effective interpersonal communication, just like service provision, is something that must be learned and improved through training. It is a core strategy for adopting healthy behaviors among clients or patients,” Alberto said.
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Regional Information Systems (IS) planners prepare their respective ISSP to be incorporated in the agency-wide plan for two years. (IMCU Photo)
Information Systems (IS) planners of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) have gathered at Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Olongapo City on February 23 to 27, 2014 to develop an agency-wide and regional Information Systems Strategic Plan (ISSP) for the next two years.
The ISSP presents the overall strategic plan for the development and implementation of information systems, the use of ICT, as well as the corresponding resource requirements over a fixed long-term period.
According to POPCOM’s Information Systems Analyst Noli S. Argente, the ISSP is considered a tool to ensure ICT application in strategic areas of government concern.
He added that the government-wide Medium-term Information and Communications Technology Harmonization Initiative (MITHI) aims to better integrate and correlate between the ISSP and the budget documents to ensure that plans have adequate budget support and the budget is translated into actual implementation.
For 2016-2017, POPCOM used the streamlined ISSP hoping to have a better integration, greater correspondence and correlation between what is contained in the plan and the budget documents of the agency.
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