Webinar: Using online communities of practice to complement health research: Experiences from Healthcare Information For All

14 January, 2023

[Read online: https://www.hifa.org/news/using-online-communities-practice-complement-h... ]

On behalf of two research consortiums funded by the Research Council of Norway — mHEALTH-INNOVATE and SUPPORT-SYSTEMS — we would like to invite you to a 1-hour webinar.

Time: Wednesday February 1, 2-3PM CET

Microsoft Teams Registration link: register here.


A calendar invitation will be sent to you upon registering.

Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) is a global community of practice with more than 20,000 members worldwide, including health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers, and policymakers. It aims to improve the availability and use of healthcare information in low- and middle-income countries and protect people from misinformation.

HIFA has recently partnered two health systems research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway

1. mHealth-Innovate: exploring healthcare workers’ informal and innovative uses of mobile phone messaging in LMICs: https://www.fhi.no/en/cristin-projects/ongoing/mhealth-innovate/

2. SUPPORT-SYSTEMS: exploring how decision-making processes for health systems strengthening and universal health coverage can be made more inclusive, responsive and accountable: https://www.fhi.no/en/cristin-projects/ongoing/support-systems/

Specifically, HIFA planned and implemented two in-depth online discussions on the HIFA forums in 2022 to explore and address issues relevant to the two research projects. The SUPPORT-SYSTEMS discussion is reported here, while this recent peer-reviewed publication summarizes the mHEALTH-INNOVATE/HIFA-discussion: https://rb.gy/ua8qa5.

This webinar will learn from the research projects’ experience with collaborating with HIFA and benefiting from HIFA’s vibrant online communities to inform their research processes. We will also learn from the perspective of participants who contributed to the discussions by sharing their experiential knowledge and reflecting critically on the questions posed by the research projects. These lessons can be valuable for future research projects that might also benefit from using online communities as a source of joint learning and knowledge generation.

See the Programme here:


Our thanks to all HIFA volunteers who contributed to these two projects:



Best wishes, Neil

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

Healthcare Information For All

Global Healthcare Information Network

Working in Official Relations with the World Health Organization

20,000 members, 400 supporting organisations, 180 countries, 6 forums, 4 languages

www.hifa.org neil@hifa.org