From Classrooms to Neighborhoods -- A Reality Students Must Be Prepared For

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 fourth article is

From Classrooms to Neighborhoods -- A Reality Students Must Be Prepared For

In receRecently graduated doctors might not be prepared to meet the needs of the community, this is a worldwide phenomenon and is related to two major objectives that educational institutions seek: Accreditation and Social Accountability. Both may have characteristics in common, but they are not equal, and this disparity impacts the training of health students.

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Author Alejandro Avelino Bonilla is a physician and epidemiology postgraduate student from Juan N. Corpas University in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a National Research Leader in the Colombian Medical Student Association ACOME and member of the advisory board of The Network: TUFH. For more than three years he was a student representative for his University, as well as founder and co-president of the Colombian Association of Students Representatives of Higher Education ACREES. Alejandro also previously served as a Latin Americas´ representative and president of SNO. 

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