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Dr. Elvira Beracochea of MIDEGO, Inc. Will Lead the 'Effective Tools for Effective Community-Based Primary Health Care' APHA Workshop Saturday, October 27, 2012


Dr. Beracochea will lead a Community-based Primary Health Care workshop entitled "Effective Tools for Effective CBPHC: Don't Reinvent the Wheel, Make a Better Wheel and Move Faster!" The workshop will be presented by the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association and held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on Saturday, October 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

CBPHC programs and services must deliver quality health services in the community efficiently and consistently to all, particularly the vulnerable and hard to reach. Effective tools and approaches helps CBPHC managers and health providers deliver effective and efficient services.
This year's workshop continues a process that started with the review of CBPHC programs conducted by Dr. Henry Perry and Dr. Paul Freeman and Working Group members. It will lead to a toolkit of effective CBPHC tools for use and modification by all public health professionals in the field. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of various CBPHC programs, prevent CBPHC practitioners from reinventing the wheel and use the annual workshop to “make the wheel better!”

Dr. Elvira Beracochea, President and CEO of MIDEGO, Inc., will lead the working group and workshop. She is a public health doctor and epidemiologist with over 25 years of international experience implementing PHC programs and consulting in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is the author of “Health for All NOW” (MIDEGO 2007) a story about effective integrated health services. She is a human rights advocate and co-editor and co-author of the “Rights Based Approaches to Public Health” (Springer 2010). Dr. Elvira will discuss tools such as her “Health for All NOW” approach, Six Sigma for Global Health and Rights Based Approaches for improved effectiveness, quality and equal access.

Dr. Elvira will be aided by a team of experienced international health experts and professionals from related fields. Activities will allow the maximum networking and discussion between participants to discuss ways to use the tools presented and particularly, to maximize the development of the most important tool, that is, themselves. CBPHC is now an area with increasing prospects for young professionals. This workshop will provide skills and context for this subset of participants.

Those interested in international CBPHC are also invited to attend the business meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention center. Experienced and young professionals are especially encouraged to attend. (To learn more or register for this event, please visit:

Dr. Elvira Beracochea will also serve as moderator for the discussion: "Where are Human Rights in the Global Health Agenda?" which is scheduled for Monday, October 29, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. This will be followed by "Lessons on Rebuilding the Health System in a Post-Conflict Country" at 12:30 PM and "Aid Effectiveness in Global Health" at 4:30 PM.

About the APHA
The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872.
The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the largest gathering of public health professionals, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. For more information, please visit

Founded in 2005, MIDEGO is a well-established global health consulting company, specialized in professional and organizational development in the health sector. MIDEGO's mission is to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals, hence the name of the company. MIDEGO's Global Health Experts help clients and partners create and implement effective and efficient organizational health development strategies that are led by empowered local leaders. MIDEGO's coaching programs help health professionals realize their career mission by leading the kind of changes they know they need to bring about in their countries. Our clients are health professionals worldwide whose vision is to improve the quality, efficiency and consistency as well as the coverage of health services and contribute to the overall all goal of global health: achieving the Millennium Development Goals and health for all. Find out more at

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