FM Vax: An international survey on the integration of public health and primary care in COVID-19 vaccination campaignsOptimizing vaccination rates is key to preventing third and fourth waves of COVID-19 illness around the world. What is less clear is the precise role of primary care/family medicine in partnering with public health to deliver these vaccines. The Primary Health Care Research Consortium (PHCRC) is seeking answers to this question and supporting the research study “FM Vax: An international survey on the integration of public health and primary care in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.” Sponsored by the PHCRC and led by the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the College of Family Medicine of Canada, this study will survey primary care providers around the world with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, where vaccination campaigns are generally still being initiated.
The lessons learned from this study will inform these fledgling campaigns as well as what are likely to become regular national COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in the future. How to reach priority populations, how to track vaccination status at the individual and populations levels, and how to ensure coverage at regional and national levels are all key questions that will inform us about the nature of public health and primary care/family medicine cooperation. We are surveying what is presently occurring, and what lessons may be transferrable across contexts.
The core team members for this study are:
- Dr. Sumeet Sodhi, Research Lead, Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine
- Dr. David Ponka, Director, Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine
- Dr. Bob Mash, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Dr. Praveen Devarsetty, George Institute for Global Health, India
- Dr. Marcelo Garcia Dieguez, Universidad Nacional Del Sur, Argentina
- Dr. Felicity Goodyear-Smith, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Introducing the FM Pivot Educational InitiativeThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest and most rapid disruption to the practices and training of family physicians since the inception of our profession in the mid-20th century. It has revealed gaps in the capacity of our health care systems, but it has also led to a surge in resiliency, innovation, and gained experience as primary care providers and educators adapt to this new paradigm. We have an opportunity to expand on this interest and energy to collectively strengthen our system and build our capacity to manage the next emergent crisis when it arises.
The FM Pivot Educational Initiative has been developed by a team of global Besrour Centre partners to help family physicians and family medicine educators prepare for similar challenges in the future within their own contexts. It will feature interactive educational modules, platforms for discussion, and opportunities for sharing resources.
Our first module “Finding Great Research Questions in Pandemics and Other Crises: An introduction for family medicine researchers” is now available! Learn more about the modules (currently available in English only).
To access this module and an introductory module on the FM Pivot initiative, we welcome you to register for free via one of the links below:
- Directly on the FM Pivot course page at fmpivot.ca
- Via the WHO's IntegratedCare4People platform—simply go online to register, complete your profile, and join our Communities of Practice where you’ll find a link to the module
The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine releases Report 2020The Report shares major accomplishments and activities that have demonstrated commitment to fostering family medicine nationally and globally. Read a copy of the report.
Congratulations to the first recipients of the Global Co-RIG Program!
The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to announce the two inaugural recipients of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant (Global Co-RIG) Program:
- University of Cape Town, South Africa: “Innovations to reduce morbidity and mortality amongst people with diabetes in vulnerable communities in Cape Town, South Africa”
- Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia: “Family Health Cadre Empowerment Program: An innovation for chronic disease management during the COVID-19 pandemic in low-and middle-income countries”
The pandemic has put immense pressure on health care systems. The goal of this initiative is to advance efforts that aim to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19. In particular, the program is seeking innovative ideas that reduce the virus’s impact on highly vulnerable populations around the world that have limited access to primary care.
The CFPC and the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine congratulate the first Global Co-RIG recipients!
Besrour Centre newslettersFor the latest news about the Besrour Centre, read the bimonthly newsletter:
- CFPC Position Statement in Support of the Declaration of Astana
- Developing family practice to respond to global health challenges; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world [Canadian Family Physician (CFP) article, August 2017, 63 (8) 602-606]
- Family medicine around the world: overview by region; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, June 2017, 63 (6) 436-441)
- Narratives in family medicine: a global perspective; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, February 2017, 63 (2) 121-127)
- Approaching a global definition of family medicine; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, November 2016, 62 (11) 891-896)
- Lessons learned in global family medicine education from a Besrour Centre capacity-building workshop (abstract from the Education for Primary Care journal, September 2016; 27(5):391-395)
- Achieving competencies in family medicine through continuing professional development (from the Education for Primary Care journal, August 2016; 27(5): 349-350)
- Developing the evidentiary basis for family medicine in the global context: the Besrour Papers; a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, July 2015, 61 (7) 596-600)
- The Besrour Conferences (CFP article, July 2015, 61 (7) 578-581)
Resources & Links
Articles and Videos of Interest
- Attitudes, barriers, and enablers towards conducting primary care research in Banda Aceh, Indonesia: a qualitative research study
- A Comprehensive Assessment of Family Physicians Gender and Quality of Care
- Minding the Gap: Factors Associated With Primary Care Coordination of Adults in 11 Countries. Ann Fam Med 2017;15(2):113-119.
- Faculty development in family medicine education: what is needed?
- Policy Bite – Professor Katherine Rouleau
Written by Professor Katherine Rouleau of the Besrour Centre of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
“The Government of Canada has recently undertaken a public review and consultation to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. The Besrour Centre submitted a response which highlighted the strengthening of global family medicine and primary care as a key element of Canada’s international development policy, and as a key pathway to health equity.”
- Association between continuity of care in general practice and hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: cross sectional study of routinely collected, person level data
- La médecine de famille et la médecine communautaire: une médecine d’avenir (French only)