Evidence based advocacy for health How we do it in Iran? Nastaran Keshavarz Mohammadi Associate professor, Health Promotion Shahid Behehsti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran Kermansha, 1394 1 Presentation at a glance 1- What?- Definitions: (Evidence based advocacy for health , Health, Advocacy, Evidence-based, Evidence ) 2- Why? (Goals and principles and values) 3- How? (Process and requirements)
4- Personal assessment and reflections (How well do we do it: the way forward) 2 Evidence based advocacy for health The conscientious and explicit use of current best evidence in advocacy efforts for health. A process which integrates otherwise independent data from different sectors: research, policy, action groups, clinicians, practitioners etc., into an analysis to inform advocacy for health. 3
What is advocacy? What efforts can be considered as advocacy? A skill /competency Advocacy is about taking action to change something, to gain support for something , speaking out for something for better life The process of standing alongside an individual who is disadvantaged, and on their behalf in a way that represents the best interests of that person Decision makers at different level are main target of advocacy A necessary competency and responsibility for every individual, community 4 Advocacy for health
Advocacy as a necessary core competency and responsibility of all health professionals Any efforts that change environmental conditions or create new conditions ( policies, process, delivery of services, resource allocation, structures , support, culture, norms, beliefs , practices) in favor of health , With focus on less advantage people 5 Ottawa Charter 6
Why does health need advocacy? People can not fully protect their health, so they need support to succeed, and their health needs to be protected .Why they can not? Because, health (at any level of individuals, group, community, setting or society) can be influenced, negatively or positively by individual or environmental conditions. Political, economical, social, cultural, environmental as well as biological factors and conditions can favor or harm health. Health might be misunderstood or neglected by people and/or
decision makers. (a false understanding: you can be health if you want!) 7 Many possible roles in advocacy for health (Gordon 2002) representative role (speaking for people) accompanying role (speaking with people) empowering role (enabling people to speak for themselves) mediating role (facilitating communication between people) modelling role (demonstrating practice to people and policy-makers) negotiating role (bargaining with those in power) networking role (building coalitions)
8 The science of advocacy for health Good understanding of health and its complex determinants Good understanding of target audience and the context Good knowledge of how to change people or make change Good knowledge of communication, collaboration, partnership Systems level structure and capacities (skilled professionals, networking, scientific resource, transparencies, values and rules, access to evidences
Are we ready? Is our science advance and up to date? 9 The art of advocacy for health Requires skills ,Good intention is not enough!!! Good skills of evidence mining, appraisal and appropriate utilization Message development Delivery of the message Working with media Building partnership Leadership
How is the sate of our advocacy art? Do we own required sills? 10 Effective and convincing advocacy Required data to build the rational Epidemiological data, behavioral data, social data Health care data ,trends Knowing Key stakeholders and their interest , available resources and capacities Knowing Political context, organizational context How effective and convincing is our advocacy for health?
11 The Power of Evidence in Advocacy Advocacy based on inaccurate information or false claims is unethical, potentially injurious to public health and a wasted effort. (Chapman 2007). be ready to challenge claims by opponents with the arguments that support the aims of your campaign Not all knowledge is evidence! Lalond report 12
How health/ disease is created? Contemporary understanding of health Health is an complex emerging phenomenon out of interplay of many diverse biological, psychological, social, economical, political, environmental factors which change over time Hence , tradition medical or life style change approaches are not adequate There is a great need for scientific and holistic approach, , shared responsibility , collaborative and integrated action
13 Upstream (MacroDeterminants of health level) Factors Social, Economic, Physical, Cultural and Environmental factors Midstream (Intermediatelevel) Factors Psychosocial factors
Behavioural factors Downstream (Micro-level) Factors Non-modifiable individual factors Age, Sex, Ethnicity, Genetics Physiological systems Upstream factors can impact on health in two ways:
- Direct impact through factors relating to safety - Indirect impact by influencing health Actions designed to change midstream determinants include individual lifestyle programs creation of supportive environments to make healthy
choices easier. Changes to physiological systems and biological functioning are brought about by sustained and longer term effects of psychosocial and behavioural factors. 14 15
16 The aim of advocacy for health To overcome major barriers to health the barriers such as poor living and working conditions, rather than individual or behavioral barriers. To create the essential conditions for health To share responsibility and accountability for health 17 A Frame for Advocacy
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Social and Behavior Change Communication To promote healthier behaviors. Knowledge Management To promote use of health knowledge. Capacity Strengthening For individuals and organizations. Research and Evaluation To measure program impact.
18 The science of advocacy for health Good understanding of health and its complex determinants Good understanding of target audience and the context Good knowledge of how to change people or make change Good knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration, partnership Good knowledge and skills of evidence mining, appraisal and appropriate utilization Systems level structure and capacities (skilled
professionals, networking, scientific resource, transparencies, values and rules, access to evidences 19 The art of advocacy for health Requires skills ,Good intention is not enough!!! Message development Delivery of the message Working with media Building partnership Leadership 20
How well do we do it in Iran? Inadequate concerns, competencies and structures and so Inadequate and Ineffective efforts Potential domains for further improvements: Developing deep and holistic understanding of health and its diverse determinant Developing attitudes and skills in effective communication, networking and collaboration Establishing archives or data bases for accurate information, knowledge, statistics and evidence Developing training programs to develop competencies among health professionals 21
Conclusion This presentation was an advocacy effort for comprehensive understanding of health Evidence based practice The need for valid sources for information, evidences and resources The need for better networking and collaboration 22
Thank You 23 1) Choose a position that is grounded in science (2) Determine target audiences (3) Know your audience (4) Choose evidence that is appropriate for your audience (5) Choose action that is realistic for your audience (6) Keep your message clear and succinct (7) Tailor your message to the given forum (8) Acknowledge your limitations and seek collaboration to strengthen your position
(9) Evaluate your efforts 24 AdvocayTwelve steps 1) Know who you are 2) Know the Policy environment 3) Define the issue 4)Collect data and document processes at each step along the way 5) Set an advocacy goal and objectives 6) Identify target audiences 7) Build support 8) Develop the message
9) Select your advocacy activities 10 ) Identifying resources 11) Draw up an implementation plan 12) Monitoring the process and evaluating the outcome 25 Advocacy steps: diverse frameworks 26 Step 5 : Advocacy is about engaging key stakeholders A crucial challenge for health advocates is to
avoid merely aiming messages at people telling them what to do or what not to do and concentrate more on engaging people in being agents of their own change. In short, health advocates must seek to catalyse debate between citizens and between people and policy makers (Wallack 2001). 27 28 29
30 31 Type of advocacy activities Lobbying Public education/Campaign Communication Network formation / Networking Capacity development Leadership development 32
Upstream (Macrolevel) of Factors Determinants health Social, Economic, Physical, Cultural and Environmental factors Early years, Education (including literacy), Food security, Employment and working conditions, Income, Housing, Transport
The social gradient, Social inclusion, Gender Beliefs and values systems, Health literacy Welfare support systems, Health Care systems, including access to health services Upstream factors can impact on health in two ways: Midstream
(Intermediatelevel) Factors Psychosocial factors Control of ones life Social supports Isolation and marginalisation Self esteem, Depression Stress, Aggression Behavioural factors Diet and nutrition, Smoking Alcohol, Physical activity Substance abuse (eg
drugs, petrol sniffing), Self-harm Gambling, Safe sexual behaviours, Engagement in preventive health, care practices Actions designed to change midstream Downstream (Micro-level) Factors Non-modifiable
individual factors Age, Sex, Ethnicity, Genetics Physiological systems Endocrine (.eg. glucose intolerance), Immune systems (e.g. reduced immunity), Cardiovascular system (e.g hypertension, high lipids), Muscular-skeletal systems (e.g osteoporosis) Changes to
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