Newsletter 10
April 2021
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
An Integrated Care Strategy for Pre-schoolers with Suspected Developmental Disorders: The Optimus Co-design Project that has Made it to Regular Care

Evaluating neurodevelopmental problems in children requires an integrated care approach. Multiple neurodevelopmental problems affect 7–8% of children and require evaluation by more than one profession, posing a challenge to care systems.

This study describes the Optimus integrated care model for pre-schoolers with suspected developmental disorders.

WHO COVID-19 Health Services Learning Hub
The Health Services Learning Hub (HLH) is a dynamic new web-based knowledge platform that will support cross country learning in maintaining essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the post-pandemic recovery phase. This hub includes Action Briefs of promising examples of innovation to maintain essential health services; Learning Briefs, synthesizing key emerging themes; dynamic Learning Labs of communities of practice focusing on solving common challenges on health services; and a curated Knowledge Hub of up to date information from WHO, international organizations and academic institutions.

The HLH supports implementation of WHO’s operational guidance on maintaining essential health services, which fosters the delivery of intregrated care services.

NACIC21 - 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care

The 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care will be run as a virtual conference, organised by the International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) in  partnership with the University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN and iCOACH from 4 – 7 October 2021. The conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: NACIC21 is now accepting paper submissions on research, policy, practice or education and specifically relating to the Conference Themes and the 9 Pillars of Integrated Care until Monday, 31 May

IFIC will provide a 10% discount code to IPCHS members and/or @fipchs followers.
Overcoming Barriers to Maternal and Newborn Care through Integrated Facility and Community-Based Services

Dr. Iain Aitken, former advisor to the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health on reproductive and child health and community-based health care, and retired professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discusses the journey towards a more effective maternal and newborn care in Afghanistan, and underlines the need for more integrated facility and community-based care programmes that emphasize continuity of care for all pregnant and lactating mothers and newborns.
Integrated Care in Europe: Key, Challenges and Best Practices

The unexpected events of the past year have led to a neglect of chronic conditions. We have witnessed a decline in the physical, mental, and emotional health of our older citizens in Europe.

"Integrated Care in Europe: Keys, Challenges and Best Practices", organised by Horizon 2020 ValueCare partners in Valencia (Spain), offered a unique opportunity to learn from the best experts in the field, who presented key facts and current challenges, and shared experiences of successfully implemented integrated care programmes throughout Europe.

The discussions highlighted the need for a coordinated, people-centred integrated approach to care to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of senior adults and their caregivers.

Nothing for Us, Without Us! Opportunities for Meaningful Engagement of People Living with NCDs

People living with non-communicable diseases (PLWNCDs) are experts in their own right and if meaningfully engaged can be key partners and drivers in the co-creation, implementation and evaluation of NCD policies, programmes, and services. 

This report is a result of the WHO Informal Consultation on PLWNCDs and outlines the participatory methods, main themes discussed and key next steps to further support meaningful engagement.

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