High Impact Practices and IBP sessions at Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange 21-24. 2021

11 April, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange

(GHTechX<https://globalhealthxchange.com/>), formerly known as USAID mini-University, is an annual event for the global health community to share state-of-the-art evidence-based best practices and information through a variety of technical sessions. For many years the event was primarily offered to an in-person audience in Washington DC. This year the event is going virtual and global! GHTechX is free and open to the global health community at large.

The GHTechX goals are to:

* Build attendees' knowledge and introduce new tools to improve global health programs;

* Offer networking opportunities for professionals, students, and others in the field of global health including south to south collaboration; and

* Offer a wide breadth of evidence-based and evidence-informed sessions from global health leaders, experts, and innovators.

Please take few minutes to register for the upcoming GHTechX here<https://ghtechx.conference.tc/catalog/course/ghtechx>. Also, please forward this email to your partners and colleagues in the Ministry of Health and other local government offices who may be interested in attending. Registration will remain open through the end of the event.

There are several sessions focusing on family planning. In addition, there are sessions in 11 other tracks. Session details (titles, speakers, etc.) have not been posted in the GHTechX website yet. The virtual platform will be available starting April 10 for registered attendees to browse session details and create a personal schedule.

We invite you to mark your calendars for three sessions hosted by the IBP Network and the High Impact Practices Partnership!

Virtual Event Dates: April 21-24, 2021

Register<https://ghtechx.conference.tc/catalog/course/ghtechx> | Website<https://globalhealthxchange.com/> | Twitter<https://twitter.com/GHTechX>

A global platform for local impact: Leveraging the power of partnership through the IBP Network Community Engagement Platform, to foster knowledge sharing on Family Planning and SRH.

Date and time: Thursday 22 April, 8:45 - 9:00 AM EST

Leveraging digital technology to network, partner and collaborate despite geographical distances, has become increasingly valuable with the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the 20th anniversary of the IBP Network, the IBP Community Engagement Platform was launched, to take FP/SRH knowledge sharing and collaboration to new heights. This interactive tool allows anyone with an interest in FP/SRH to read the latest news; receive invitations to webinars; access evidence-based resources; and join Communities of Practice on technical topics of their interest. In this session we will give an overview of this platform and show how you may use it to access and share FP/SRH knowledge virtually and across borders.

Implementing and Adapting the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date and Time: Thursday, April 22 from 8-8:30 AM EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially strained health systems across the globe. As family planning programs grapple with how best to respond to the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic on family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), the implementation and adaptation of evidence-based practices is crucial. Join colleagues from FHI360, PSI, Save the Children, USAID, and FP2030 to hear how the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) have been implemented and adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists from Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria will highlight their experiences implementing the Community Health Worker, Digital Health, and Mobile Outreach HIPs and feature their successes and lessons learned.

Advancing Evidence-based Programming through a Collaborative Approach: the Journey of the Family Planning High Impact Practices (HIPs) Partnership

Date and Time: Friday, 23 April, 10:15-11:15 EST

Join staff from USAID, WHO/IBP, FP2030, and Pathfinder International to learn how the High Impact Practices address information overload by providing easy-to-use synthesis of the evidence in what works in family planning. The session will include the HIP Partnership's process to translate evidence into digestible formats, and to maintain and disseminate those syntheses through a collaborative process that engages diverse stakeholders. Finally, participants will hear examples of how these efforts at the global level contribute to better information and programs at the country level.

HIFA profile: Ados May is a Senior Technical Advisor at the IBP Initiative in the United States of America. ados.may AT phi.org