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Brazilian Family Health Strategy Community Health Worker Model

Dr Matthew Harris, Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, has been promoting the work of the Brazilian Family Health Strategy Community Health Worker model at a variety of locations within the UK. Highlights include:

  • A round table discussion at the RCGP conference in Glasgow, October 2012, with Professor Nigel Mathers (Vice Chair of RCGP) and Professor Martin Marshall (Chair of Ethics RCGP) which appeared in GP Online magazine.
  • A keynote presentation on the Brazil-UK Memorandum of Understanding at Brazil-Bangor University-BCUHB-Wales International Health Symposium on 31 October.
  • A round table discussion at the GP Innovation Forum of NHS London on the 7 November, Earls Court, with Sarb Basi, Managing Director Practice Partners and Ben Richardson, Partner, McKinsey.

The Brazilian Community Health Worker model has now featured in two of Matthew's commentary articles in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and the London Journal of Primary Care.

In November, he returned to Brazil for a review of the Memorandum of Understanding at the Brazilian Ministry of Health, where the proposed pilot project translation of the Brazilian Community Health Worker model into North Wales was discussed. The Brazilian Ministry of Health are keen to support this activity, and will be involved in a technical visit by a Welsh delegation from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to Recife, in North East Brazil, in March.

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