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.
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 next module “How to Adapt Your Teaching in Crisis: Lessons from the pandemic” 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
- Finding Great Research Questions in Pandemics and Other Crises: An introduction for family medicine researchers
- Chronic Disease Management during the COVD-19 Pandemic
- Mental Health Tools for Family Physicians in a Post-COVID World
- Disaster Planning for Community Family Physicians
- How to Adapt Your Teaching in Crisis: Lessons from the pandemic
The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine releases Report 2022The 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!
Protocol for a cross-sectional study on COVID-19 vaccination programmes in primary health care [African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, January 2023]
Decolonizing global health—what is the plan? [European Journal of Public Health, June 2023]
PastCFPC 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
- 40 years of Alma-Ata: Challenges of Primary Health Care in Brazil and in the World
- 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)
Blogs and Book Chapters
Family Medicine in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Preparing medical students to work in evolving health care systems (WONCA Family Medicine) (CRC Press, October 2023)
Staying Safe while Abroad. In: Global Health Electives: A Practical Guide [CRC Press, July 2019]
Global COVID vaccine equity—a Canadian responsibility [Canadian Family Physician, July 2021]
Like father like son [Canadian Family Physician, November 2019]
The Paradox(es) of Primary Care: Part 2 [Canadian Family Physician, May 2018]
The Paradox(es) of Primary Care: Part 1 [Canadian Family Physician, January 2018]
Homecare, Part 1 “Alone on the Train” [Canadian Family Physician, August 2017]
Medical Silos [Canadian Family Physician, Aug 2017]
Medical Rationing in Canada [Canadian Family Physician, June 2017]
How to do Primary Care Educational Research - A Practical Guide CRC Press July 14, 2021
The Mental Health of Refugees in Canada. In: Migration, Health and Survival: International Perspectives Edward Edgar Publishing 2017.