Educational change, emerging technologies and pedagogies

"Education is not acquiring skills, impart knowledge or schooling thoughts," writes Marina Garces Learn to think, one of the texts that are part of its recommended unfinished Philosophy (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2015), where argues that thinking is learning to think and "to think, teach writing, you indicate that you have been thinking something that has been something to write." Teaching is give (us) to think, "against the massive consumption of information, compared to training in competencies and skills for the market, compared to formatting the minds of the media sphere, against the uncritical consumption of cultural leisure, against all therefore, the challenge today is to give us space and time to get down to think."

VCPH's Open Educational Resources Workshop under the XI International Congress of Health Informatics 2016 - Havana - Cuba

Call for Symposium: Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world

Abstracts accepted for 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

2015 VCPH Regional Team New Year Greeting

VCPH presentation in Puerto Rico

VCPH two workshops were held in Panama City from 17 to 20 November 2015

During the 17 and 18 November 2015 an expert workshop whose purpose was focused on discussing the "Challenges and Opportunities VCPH under the Strategy for the Universal Health Access and Universal Health Coverage" we were held.

Someday be possible, policies generalized for Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources

The paper presents the work of David Annand, published in IRRODL (Vol. 16.5) entitled “Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources”. Although basically referred to American institutions, it serves to reflect on the phenomenon.

International Open Access Week

The Virtual Campus for Public Health invites you to visit the website of the International Open Access Week to be held to share experiences in this area and help broader participation.

The International Open Access Week is held for the sixth year around the world and is an ideal place to disseminate, promote and raise awareness among the academic and research community the benefits and advances in management of open access forum.

International Open Access Week

Mais Medicos, a model of South-South cooperation

The program Mais Medicos (More doctors) in which collaborate Brazil, Cuba and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is a good example of South-South cooperation, which could be applied to other member states have challenges to meet their needs health due to lack of doctors.

The medical Maria Isabel Rodriguez from El Salvador was appointed Public Health Heroine PAHO/WHO

The medical Maria Isabel Rodriguez from El Salvador was appointed Public Health Heroine of the Americas by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Rodriguez, of 93 years and a life devoted to education, health and science, received the award from the Director of PAHO/WHO, Carissa F. Etienne, during the 54th Directing Council of PAHO, which develops until 2 October in Washington DC.

Launch of "Self-Learning Course on Climate Change and Health"

On September 10, 2015, in the framework of the Biennial Meeting of Collaborating Centers of PAHO / WHO Sustainable Development and Equity in Health, held in Montreal, Canada, from 9 to 11 September 2015; the launch was "Self-Learning Course on Climate Change and Health", attended by representatives of WHO Collaborating Centers of Health and Environment of Latin America; besides BDS regional advisers from PAHO / WHO Washington and advisor for sustainable development and environmental health PAHO / WHO Mexico, Dr. Diego González, who first made the launch together with Dr. Luis A. Galvão and Agnes Soares.

Regional Meeting on Human Resources for Health: "The health teams face new challenges and renewed"

From August 31 to September 3, 2015, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Regional Meeting on Human Resources for Health develops: "The health teams face new and renewed challenges", organized by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO).

The meeting convenes authorities of the Ministries of Health / Social Protection, and experts on development of human resources for health in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

MINSA Panama makes launching new information technology for the benefit of public health

The Ministry of Health as lead agency of the Health in Panama, announced the "Panama Node Virtual Campus for Public Health" virtual tool that seeks to meet the strategies proposed by the regional committee of the PAHO / WHO 2010 recommends that "Ministers of Health to formulate a learning policy that includes virtual learning".

Workshop skills training tutorials and virtual design environments, Mexico 2015

28 and July 29, 2015 was held in Mexico City on "Skills Training Workshop Tutorials and Design of Virtual Environments".

The event organized by the office of PAHO Mexico together with the Directorate General of Quality and Health Education of the Ministry of Health of Mexico, sought to promote the development of the skills of professionals and institutions that make up the Mexico Node VCPH.

Meeting Expanded of the working team of the PAHO's Human Resources Unit

On July 2 and as a continuation of the meeting in Brasilia between June 29 and July 1 the Department of Health Systems and Services PAHO in support of the Strategy for the Universal Access to Health Coverage universal Health to the Human Resources Unit conducted an expanded meeting to assess the challenges for the coming years in the framework of Agenda 2015 HR Post.

PAHO’s internal dialogue of Department of Health Systems and Services in support of Strategy for the Universal Health Access and Universal Health Coverage

Between June 29 and July 1 it was held in Brasilia, Brazil, the PAHO’s internal dialogue of Department of Health Systems and Services  in support of Strategy for the Universal Health Access and Universal Health Coverage.

The meeting was proposed to discuss progress, opportunities and challenges, and identify priority areas for technical cooperation to strengthen the implementation of the strategy for universal access to health care and universal coverage areas.

Update on applications for Healthcare Technology Planning & Management (2015) course

We announce changes in the dates for the "Healthcare Technology Planning & Management (2015)" course.

The course will now run from 7 September 2015 through 21 November 2015.

And the deadline to submit applications has been extended until July 20, 2015.

Please take note of this changes. 

For more details, review the course information.

22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion in Curitiba, Brazil

The Municipal Health Secretariat Curitiba, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and their partners are looking forward to hosting this important global public health and health promotion event. The 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion will take place in Curitiba, Brazil. The aim is to create a global forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in and concerned about the promotion of health and equity will share and discuss new knowledge, innovations in practice and policy and cutting edge experience.


The Virtual Campus of Public Health, who attended the Infosegura Forum organized by USAID and UNDP

On 9 and 10 June the VCPH attended the forum held in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Under the Panel: "Experiences of networking: ICT and innovation from the academy.", Mr. Gabriel Listovsky presented VCPH developments.

He also participated in a working group referred to the challenges of development of knowledge networks to promote citizen empowerment actions.

The meeting was an opportunity for joint exchange and cooperation ties between the virtual classrooms VCPH and UNDP.

Starting the tutor training for the network learning course - Node Nicaragua

On Thursday 12 and Friday June 13, 2015 the opening workshop tutor training for the network learning course, specially designed to promote the development of Node VCPH Nicaragua was held in Managua, Nicaragua.

The course has thirteen weeks of virtual work and three face meetings.

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of continuing healthcare education within virtuality and make the first steps of editing Moodle course, working platform of the Virtual Campus for Public Health.

The VCPH updated all the virtual classrooms

As part of the updating process of portals and classrooms of the Virtual Campus of Public Health is already visible the new image design and regional access to virtual classrooms, countries, practices and staff.

This change was accompanied by updating the regional classroom to the Moodle version 2.8 which ensures the quality and safety of the course work according to international standards.

The new design, with a style similar to the regional portal image, allowing easy access and quick viewing of the courses in which participants are enrolled.

PAHO Director meets with Humphrey Humphrey Fellows

In early June, Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization’s Regional Office of the Americas (PAHO/WHO), met with the five Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows who undertook their professional affiliation at the Organization’s Washington, DC headquarters. 

Applications for the Virtual Course Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care (2015) now open

The Virtual Course "Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care (2015)", intended for primary care practitioners from English-speaking Caribbean countries who are working as MD general practitioners, specialized nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists and other mental health care providers directly involved in patient care, will begin 6 August and run until 10 December. Application forms for this course will be received until 10 July, 2015. 

Participants must fulfill the following criteria:

Upcoming Healthcare Technology Planning & Management (2015) course of the VCPH receiving application forms

Healthcare technology planning & management

In the framework of the 68th World Health Assembly, the Ministers of the Americas raise their experiences and proposals to strengthen health systems

Geneva, May 19, 2015 (PAHO/WHO). Ministers and delegates of the Americas addressed the plenary of the 68th World Health Assembly regarding the need to ensure that every country has a solid health system ready to face any adversity. They made reference to the lessons learned during the Ebola outbreak and highlighted the achievements.

Representatives of 21 countries of the Region spoke before the plenary to share their perspectives. The following is a summary of each country's presentation, in order of appearance.


Scholarships available for graduate degrees in health and research at Brazilian universities

In the framework of World Day of hypertension self-learning course is launched: Hypertension Management for Primary Care teams

PAHO / WHO calls for giving more attention to the control of hypertension

Spanish edition of the Lancet series, Universal Health Coverage in Latin America


Collaboration between The Lancet, MEDICC Review - International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine and with the financial support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pan American Health Organization.

The Safe Delivery App to teach birth attendants in hard-to-reach areas how to manage complicated deliveries

The Safe Delivery App is an innovative mobile health tool developed by Maternity Foundation in partnership with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark. Through simple animated clinical instruction films, the app can teach birth attendants in hard-to-reach areas how to manage complicated deliveries. The app is based on global clinical guidelines and has the potential to overcome the outreach barriers of conventional training programs, ensuring that more women have access to skilled care when giving birth.

You can find more information about the App, and links to download it at: http://maternity.dk/en/content/mhealth

Learning from the innovative open practices of three international health projects: IACAPAP, VCPH and Physiopedia

The Virtual Campus for Public Health is one of the virtual education programs is discussed in an article published in www.openpraxis.org

Mr. Edgardo De Gracia member of the VCPH regional team was interviewed as part of the investigation that led to the drafting of the article.

The complete article is available at: