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SIHI Philippines at the University of the Philippines

The Philippines Social Innovation in Health Hub was launched in 2017. We are based at the University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) and we partner with the Department of Health, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development under the Department of Science and Technology, and other key health and innovation organisations in the Philippines. Our vision is to become the leading institutional partner for transforming the health care system through social innovation in the Philippines. We intend to achieve this by championing social innovation in health with a range of stakeholders through research, capacity building, and influence.

OUR FOCUS

The Philippines Social Innovation in Health Hub was launched in 2017. We are based at the University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) and we partner with the Department of Health, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development under the Department of Science and Technology, and other key health and innovation organisations in the Philippines. Our vision is to become the leading institutional partner for transforming the health care system through social innovation in the Philippines. We intend to achieve this by championing social innovation in health with a range of stakeholders through research, capacity building, and influence.

 

Our focus areas are:

IDENTIFY AND RESEARCH SOCIAL INNOVATIONS

 

We identify, recognize, document, and disseminate research and projects on social innovation in health.

ENHANCE CAPACITY FOR RESEARCH

 

We enhance stakeholders’ institutional capacity for research on social innovations through health education and training, enabling the translation of evidence into health policy and practice.

INSTITUTIONALIZE SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH

 

We advocate the institutionalization and integration of social innovation into the national health research and policy agenda.

CONNECT AND CONVENE STAKEHOLDERS

 

We connect stakeholders and partners to each other, and to resources on social innovation in health.

OUR ACTIVITIES

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RECOGNISING SOCIAL INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

Upon the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (PCHRD) invitation, the SIHI Philippines Hub assisted in conceptualising and carrying out PCHRD’s anniversary celebration that had the theme, “Research on Social Innovations in Health,” in March 2018. TDR-WHO Scientist Dr. Bernadette Ramirez delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the need for participatory research in health. A panel discussion on social innovation in health with SIHI Hub Lead Dr. Noel Juban, UP School of Economics professor Dr. Aleli Kraft, Ateneo de Manila University Institute of Philippine Culture Research Associate Dr. Dennis Batangan Batangan, and Inter-Island Health Boat Project Founder Dr. Katerina Nono-Abiertas presented four different perspectives on social innovation in health. In the same event, the top four social innovations identified by SIHI Philippines in its 2017 innovation call were recognised and showcased in the event. Two PCHRD-supported projects were also awarded for their social innovation potential after a desk review conducted by PCHRD and the SIHI Philippines team. More importantly, a national annual award on social innovation called the Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health or GCARSIH was launched.

CRAFTING THE GUIDELINES FOR THE NATIONAL ANNUAL AWARD FOR SOCIAL INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH

The SIHI Philippines Hub is helping craft the guidelines for the Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH), a national annual award that institutionalises the identification and recognition of social innovations in health in the Philippines. Named after National Scientist Dr. Gelia T. Castillo, a health researcher and a participatory development and social innovation advocate, the award will be given by the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS). PNHRS is a health research framework being implemented by a network of health research consortia from the country’s’ 17 regions and convened by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

 

The SIHI Philippines hub was commissioned to draft the mechanics and help facilitate regional (subnational) consultative meetings to finalize the guidelines for GCARSIH. The GCARSIH call for submissions will open in August 2019.

 

Learn more about the Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health

CASE STUDY RESEARCH

Case visits were conducted to each of the selected social innovations in 2018 and the case studies along with the case videos are now available to read, watch and download.

 

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INTRODUCTORY EDUCATION MODULE

In July 2019, SIHI Philippines is set to conduct a pilot run of the introductory module on social innovation in health at the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences (UPM-SHS) Main Campus in Palo, Leyte. The introductory module intended for practicing primary care physicians, community health workers, health educators, and students.

 

It comprises of three units: 1) What is social innovation in health, 2) Basic features of social innovation in health and, 3) Recognising social innovation in health

OUR EVENTS

2019 is an active year for the SIHI Philippines team. Below are some of our highlight events.

Conference Presentations

Three research posters from the SIHI Philippines team were accepted for presentation in the 2019 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH 2019) to be held in September in Darwin, Australia. The posters have the following titles: “Identifying the Felt Needs and Concerns of Innovators of Social Innovations in Health in the Philippines,” “Promoting Social Accountability through Social Innovation in Health,” and “Communicating Social Innovation in Health as a Tool for Social Accountability: Issues and Lessons Learned.”

Developing partnerships

In early 2019, SIHI Philippines participated in meetings with like-minded institutions to explore partnerships in advancing social innovation in health in the country through research, training, and network building.

 

One of such organizations is UNDP Philippines which convened innovators, development practitioners, and academics on 19-21 March 2019 in its Country Accelerator Lab Design Studio. The meeting gathered inputs from innovation stakeholders to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

ABOUT US

DR. NOEL JUBAN

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Noel is the principal investigator for the SIHI Philippines Hub and a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He has served in various technical advisory and consultancy roles with the Department of Health and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, particularly for their research projects and training needs in epidemiology and programme monitoring and evaluation. He is currently a member of the Committee on Structure, Organization, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Philippine National Health Research System.

JEAN FRANCIS BARCENA

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Jean joined SIHI Philippines in 2018 as the SIHI communications coordinator, working to support the communication efforts of the SIHI country hubs. She has a master’s degree in media studies and her communications background includes working in media as well as in academic and non-government organizations.

ARTURO ONGKEKO JR.

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Art is the hub manager of SIHI Philippines. He is a nurse by education and training, and his experience includes leadership in areas of design, development and implementation of health information management systems, mobile health, and eHealth capacity building. In 2017, he was selected as one of the fellows of the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) Programme run by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering and Asian Institute of Management with support from the UK and Philippine governments through the Newton-Agham Fund.

DR. MARY ANN LANSANG

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Dr. Mary Ann Lansang is a technical advisor of SIHI Philippines Hub. She is a clinical professor at the Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology, UP College of Medicine, UP Manila. She is currently a member of the TDR Global Working Group.

Dr. Jana Deborah Mier-Alpaño

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Dr. Jana Deborah Mier-Alpaño graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2014. For four years, she served as the Municipal Health Officer of a rural island municipality in the Philippines, under the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) Program of the Department of Health. In 2016, she finished her master’s degree in public management from the Development Academy of the Philippines, wherein she received the Leadership Award, and the Creativity and Innovation Award. She also served as local preceptor to medical and global health students.

PAMELA TAGLE

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Pam is SIHI Philippines Hub’s administrative associate. She has provided administrative support for several UP Manila-based research, policy, and publication projects, and has served in organizations such as the International Clinical Epidemiology Network-Asia and World Health Organization Philippines.

OUR PARTNERS

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is one of the three sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and is a national body that coordinates and monitors research activities in the Philippines. PCHRD collaborates with SIHI Philippines on the Gelia Castillo Award for Social Innovations in Health.

Department of Health

The Department of Health (DOH) is the lead health agency in the Philippines that is mandated to ensure Filipinos’ access to basic public health services through the provision of quality health care and to regulate providers of health goods and services. Specifically, SIHI Philippines consults the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau of DOH for technical input on health research and development.

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CONTACT US

 

If you are interested to become part of SIHI Philippines or join our activities, please contact:

 

Dr. Noel Juban – SIHI Philippines Hub Leader