WHO eBook of the social determinants of health: smart connected education and training for the 21st Century
The 2003 Global Oral Health Report provided the basis for the landmark 2007 WHO World Assembly resolution (WHA 60.17) Oral Health: action plan for promotion and integrated disease prevention). The resolution set out strategies for oral disease prevention and health promotion within WHO’s program of work.
Why ? The evidence for integrated action is well established and robust. The profession is well represented at both the national and international level. Which raises the question “why is this? and how might we communicate and interact in Dentistry more effectively?”.
Dr Fisher, coordinating editor for the WHO eBook on the social determinants of health approach will discuss how the reframing, reorienting and recalibrating of the dental professional workforce education could open new and innovative strategies, approaches and platforms for communication and interaction across oral health / dental policy, education and practice.
The presentation will use the chapter on oral health in the WHO eBook to frame and explore how:
big data and smart connected education and training will transform health workforce education in the 21st century;
as dentists we can communicate, interact and advocate with policy makers, colleagues and communities through a social determinants of health approach to dental professional education and training;
dentistry can use new approaches to elearning, use of social media and technology to deliver action and implement changes.
Julian is an experienced policy advisor based at Medical School Hannover, Germany specialising in public health policy and systems research, and transformative health workforce education. He is currently a member of the WHO Technical Working Group developing a Global Evaluation Toolkit for health workforce education and training, Consultant to the United Nations Environmental Programme Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
He has accumulated work experience in a diverse range of professional environments and geographical locations, covering Europe, Tanzania, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Falkland Islands and Antarctica within various sectors and organizations, including international public health policy and advocacy, health profession (federation) management, undergraduate and post graduate education, both classroom and web based.
During the UNEP INC meetings, Julian coordinated with governments, intergovernmental organizations IGOs (WHO, UNEP) and nongovernmental organizations NGOs, on the use and future use of dental restorative materials. This work contributed to the 2012 International Association for Dental Research innovation conference that established a multi-stakeholder global research agenda for dental restorative materials. He is experienced in environmental policy negotiation and implementation at Member States level through work with the UNEP Interim Secretariat for the Minamata Convention.
As Campaign leader for the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Campaign, actively contributed in the development of the WHPA joint statement on non-communicable diseases and social determinants of health, delivering interventions on behalf of WHPA at the WHO Executive Board and World Health Assembly in 2011 and 2012. HE coordinated the inter-professional team that delivered WHPA NCD advocacy toolkit and health improvement card.