This special issue of Pacific Health Dialog examines capacity building through human resource development, sharing those values of cultural awareness, collaboration and creativity to set and reach specific goals. It focuses on our most important resource – people – and how professional development across the diverse health workforce can lead to improved outcomes. The timing of this special issue is critical as health leaders in United States-Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) jurisdictions embark on a strategic plan to improve human resources for health.[i]
[i] World Health Organization. The World Health Report 2006: Working together for health. Geneva: WHO Press; 2006.
We hope you enjoy this special issue of Pacific Health Dialog on “Developing Human Resources for Health in the Pacific”. We encourage you to disseminate and discuss the information and strategies described in these articles with your colleagues, and invite you to share with us your reactions and comments. We look forward to working closely with many of you in the future as we all strive to strengthen the healthcare workforce, enhance healthcare delivery, and better the health of individuals and communities throughout the Pacific.
For additional information on HRH Development in the USAPI, please visit the Pacific Island Health Officers Association http://www.pihoa.org
For additional information on cancer control in the USAPI, please visit http://www.pacificcancer.org
For more information on the University of Hawaii John A. School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, please visit http://www2.jabsom.hawaii.edu/FamilyMedicine/
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