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Community Life Competence (CLC)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Anna Baetjer Room (W1030)

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The Career Services Office and the Office of Alumni Relations are co-sponsoring an interactive and comprehensive, one-day winter intersession seminar on Community Life Competence (CLC). This is a wonderful opportunity to hear, interact and learn from experiences from a practitioner of community life competence practice.  CLC is simple, easy to apply and puts the responsibility for community actions and results squarely with the communities – with a little help from us, workers in public health.

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8:30 - 9:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast - Provided by the Career Services Office and the Office of Alumni Relations                 

9:30 - 9:50 amWelcome & Career Services Overview (Paul Hutchinson, Assistant Director, Career Services)
9:50 - 11:00 amCommunity Hopes and Concerns
11:00- 11:45 amS.A.L.T.
11:45 - 12:30 pmLunch – Provided by the Career Services Office and the Office of Alumni Relations
12:30 - 2:00 pmBuilding Dreams
2:00 - 3:00 pmCompetencies
3:00 - 4:00 pmSelf-Assessment
4:00 - 4:45 pmWork planning and technical assistance: A new paradigm
4:45 - 5:15 pmReflections (Facilitator: Paul Hutchinson)


COMMUNITY LIFE COMPETENCE: (Facilitator: Ruben F. del Prado)

Objective: To present, discuss and practice the principles of Community Life Competence as a way of thinking and a way of work in public health

Description: The critical importance of community responses to achieve good public health outcomes has never been in doubt.  Yet, how to evoke, and support community responses remains surprisingly unclear.  Pioneered over five decades ago, dialogue-based methods, such as ‘Community Life Competence (CLC),’have been increasingly recognized and used in community mobilization and action around public health issues.   However, available models  and  approaches  are  diverse,  and  their  costs,  quality  standards  and  technical  and political foundations are often undefined.   This lack of clarity has impeded investment in community responses, and hindered evaluation and learning from programme experience.   

BIO – Dr. Ruben F. del Prado

Dr. Ruben F. del Prado graduated, in 1984, as a medical doctor from the University of Suriname, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He obtained his Master of Public Health Degrees in Health Policy and Management and in Behavioral Sciences, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, in 1988. He was trained in advanced epidemiology (University of Miami, USA) and in health systems planning (University of Oslo, Norway).

He worked extensively as a trainer and consultant for the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO), the European Commission, and Johns Hopkins University, throughout the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific.     Dr. del Prado is the former Director of the Suriname National AIDS Programme (1988 to 1996). In 1997 he founded and became the Head of the Department  of  Public  Health  of  the  Faculty  of  Medical  Sciences  of  the  University  of Suriname, in addition to being the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and lecturer in ‘Clinical Preventive Medicine’ and ‘Communication for Health.’

In 1999 he joined the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as Inter- Country Programme Advisor, covering 24 countries and territories in the French, Spanish, Dutch and English speaking Caribbean, based in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.  He was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Uganda from 2002 until 2005, after which he was in charge of UNAIDS Planning and Programme Implementation in India, until the end of 2006. He was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Guyana, from 2006 until September 2012, after which when he came to Nepal to serve as the UNAIDS Country Director for Nepal and Bhutan.

Dr. del Prado is a global advocate for HIV prevention as an outcome of strategically chosen combination prevention activities and strategies. He is a strong voice of ‘Community Life Competence:’ Building on the strength of communities, for results!