Guide for Scaling Up Health Worker Education and Training

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Jan 27, 2015

To achieve universal health coverage and better health outcomes, the world needs more health workers. The global deficit of doctors, nurses, and midwives has reached over seven million, and could rise to 12.9 million by 2035. Educating and training an ample supply of new health workers, though, is hindered by a limited number of schools and the scarcity of resources to scale up their efforts.

CapacityPlus created the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach to help health professional schools pinpoint the obstacles they face in increasing the number of competent and qualified graduates, and then select priority challenges that can be overcome through limited yet strategic investments.

Jan 20, 2015

Dr. Kate Tulenko will represent CapacityPlus at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2015 in Bangkok, January 26–31. This year’s theme is “Global Health Post-2015: Accelerating Equity.”

Jan 8, 2015

This monthly update from the HRH Global Resource Center provides information on the latest resources, improvements, and news from this digital library devoted to human resources for health (HRH).

Dec 30, 2014

Here are the ten most popular news articles and blog posts of 2014 on the CapacityPlus website. Topics range from Ebola, health worker education, and HR management to health worker information systems, workforce effectiveness, and eLearning.


Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training: Guide for Applying the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach

CapacityPlus’s Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach is designed to help educational institutions identify obstacles to increasing the production of competent and qualified health workers that can be overcome through limited yet strategic investments. This guide identifies the stakeholders who should be involved, the steps in conducting a bottlenecks assessment, and a method for using the results to identify and build consensus on the most effective and affordable actions (best buys) for overcoming bottlenecks. It also provides tools and examples for strategic steps in the approach, such as engaging stakeholders, conducting a situation analysis, defining the school’s scale-up goal, leading group interviews, analyzing the results, and presenting the final bottlenecks and best buys report to external stakeholders and potential investors.

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Monday, March 2, 2015
Global Health Mini-University 2015
Washington, DC

Sponsored by USAID and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Global Health Mini-University is an annual forum that brings together professionals and students for a free day-long event on evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information. Representing the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, Amy Bess and Jim McCaffery will present Health and Social Service Workers: Increased Collaboration, Better Health Results during Session 1 (9:45–10:45 a.m.), and CapacityPlus’s Alfredo Fort will present The HRH Effort Index: New Indicators to Help Systems Strengthening during Session 2 (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.).