Social Accountability as the Framework for the Moral Obligations of Health Institutions: A Call to Action for an Academic Health

Aug 12, 2019

The Network: TUFH and Social Innovations Partners are thrilled to announce the latest edition, “The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) Social Accountability and Interprofessional Education.” We had the pleasure of again partnering to bring you this special edition featuring global health pioneers working across sectors to improve the quality of life for citizens in ecosystems throughout regions around the world.

In 2019, we see global trends emerging such as an increased focus on social and environmental determinants of health, dramatically rising health care costs, and increasing inequity in health outcomes. Layered with advances in data and information technology, these conditions have become more apparent to the public. We also are seeing a new era of social accountability. Social Accountability and Interprofessional Education have been identified as critical best practices to drive better health outcomes. However, there still exists a gap between systemic implementation and adoption and this blueprint for more equitable, sustainable, and holistic health care. We believe this edition is an important step in moving towards closing this gap to improved health care for all people.

We are excited to feature the talented practitioners of this “Network of Networks” who are building the bridge to the future through the health field and their articles that shed light on a promising path forward to improved health care and outcomes for people across the globe. We hope you too learn from these individuals operating at the cutting edge of global health and incorporate their best practices into your work, ideas, and policies that will help to shape our collective future and make improved care a reality for all people.

The second article is

Social Accountability as the Framework for the Moral Obligations of Health Institutions: A Call to Action for an Academic Health 

Social accountability in medicine is an inspiring concept for health professionals, health administrators, academics, policymakers, and for the public. To date, social accountability has largely been constrained to medical education, but its potential to positively disrupt other health institutions outside of medical schools cannot be underestimated. A call-to-action for the adaptation of a social accountability framework from medical education was issued to an Academic Health Sciences Institution (AHSI) in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. In response, the AHSI identified its need to “Be Socially Accountable” as a top priority.

Read the full article here.

Author Dr. Alex Anawati is an ER physician at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. A member of NOSM’s charter class, he has continued his involvement at the medical school as an Assistant Professor, Global Health Coordinator, and member of the school’s board of directors. He is also a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Social Accountability Working Group and represents NOSM on AMEE’s ASPIRE for Excellence Social Accountability Panel.


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