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- Report: Evaluation of the Evidence Informed Policy Networks (EVIPNet). August 2010 -July 2012
EVIPNet Americas consists of national multidisciplinary teams, with different structures, and different knowledge translation processes, either because of the political subjects they approach or the time devoted to addressing said problems. Some teams work independently while others still need to grow stronger. Taking into account that the overall objective of EVIPNet is to bridge the gap between the use of research in the decision making process regarding programs, policies and laws and that it has been launched in the Americas in 2007, its impact and some results should already be available for their review. From August 2010 to June 2012, eight (8) EVIPNet workshops were developed, and they involved 16 countries and 277 subjects; and eight (8) evidence informed briefs for policies were finished. Other 16 are being developed. Report in English
- Deliberative Dialogue on Chronic Diseases
The EVIPNet team organized and completed its second deliberative dialogue that was coordinated by the Minister, Dr. Esperanza Martínez. Managers and decision makers in the areas of primary health care and chronic diseases, as well as regional health directors and investigators were convened. The base document used to deliberate was the “policy brief” (summary and compendium of policies) “The role of Primary Health Care in the integrated approach for the management of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases” and the technical personnel of the ministry presented the options of policy up for deliberation. From PAHO, Dr. Enrique Vázquez participated on behalf of the PAHO Representative and Dr. Antonieta Rojas de Arias, research focal point and EVIPnet Américas counterpart, providing technical support for the realization of the Dialogue. You can listen to the Minister in this video (in Spanish only).
- The presentation Water and Sanitation in the Latin America and the Caribbean
The presentation “Water and Sanitation in the Latin America and the Caribbean” was offered on March 15th as part of the series of virtual seminars Toward Rio+20: Sustainable Development and the Environment. Learn more here. Dr. Evelina Chapman was responsible for the presentation in which she also presented “The deliberative dialogue as an instrument to incorporate public policies informed by evidence into water and sanitation in the national context.”
- Technical Experts Meeting on Motorcycle User Injury Prevention in the Americas
Sponsored by the Environmental Health and Sustainable Development of PAHO in Washington, DC. During the meeting Evelina Chapman of EVIPNet Americas was invited to make the presentation “Evidence-informed policymaking” pertaining to the methodological aspects underlying a policy brief and a systematic review about the prevention of motorcycle injuries. The systematic review is being coordinated by EVIPnet Americas and in the future will produce a policy brief and a deliberative dialog about this topic.
- Meeting on Evidence and Micronutrients
At the request of Dr Rosas, Coordinator Micronutrients of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the WHO’s Program on Nutrients, the Global, Regional and National (Peru) EVIPNet teams gathered in Washington, DC to discuss the integration of scientific evidence into the new WHO Guidelines for Micronutrients. Utilizing a policy brief prepared in Peru, Evelina Chapman presented “The Use of evidence” and Lely Solari of Peru, demonstrated how a systematic review can facilitate a rapid response to a country’s request for help.
- American Public Health Association (APHA) 139th Meeting
Dr. Jon Kim Andrus, Deputy Director of PAHO, lead the session Border Health and Chronic Diseases during which the talk "Policy briefs and policy dialogues in promoting healthy eating and preventing childhood obesity" was offered. Presented by Lorely Ambriz, focal point for research, the presentation was about how evidence is being used to dictate policy regarding health problems in El Paso, Texas. This advancement in the US – Mexico border has resulted from the fruitful collaboration between Research/EVIPNet Americas team and the El Paso Office.
- World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, October 2011
“Water and sanitation” was included as a social determinant of health in the Rio Declaration on social Determinants of Health. The inclusion comes after studies carried out by PAHO and the publication of the policy brief “Water and Sanitation: Evidences for public policies focused on human rights and public health results.” The document, released by the Organization, summarizes the policies related to water distribution, sanitation, and human rights approach and its impact on equity and public health. The document was launched during World Water Day and a subsequent Deliberative Dialog on water and sanitation that took place in Guatemala supported by EVIPNet Americas. The Dominican Republic is using this policy brief to apply it to their contexts—a step forward in knowledge translation and more efficient use of resources.
- Experts and decision makers get together to address non-communicable diseases and environmental changes on the U.S.-Mexico Border