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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114-115

Best of Projects That Work

Director, Projects That Work, The Network: Towards Unity for Health

Date of Web Publication18-Apr-2020

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Ralf Rundgren Graves
Director, Projects That Work, The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_90_20

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Graves RR. Best of Projects That Work. Educ Health 2019;32:114-5

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Graves RR. Best of Projects That Work. Educ Health [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Jan 21];32:114-5. Available from:

The presenters of some of the outstanding projects from around the world that have emerged over the course of the competition have been invited to publish their work in this issue of Education for Health as part of a new feature called Best of Projects That Work. This initiative is intended to further the goal of disseminating information about these projects to a broader audience to encourage imitation and/or replication. Indeed, among the many Projects That Work winners are some that have been inspired by or built upon previous winners. Two such examples are included among the four projects featured in this issue.

Bridging the Atlantic: An International Alliance in Community Health among American and Azorean Nursing Students and Faculty was created by The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and University of the Azores (Sao Miguel Island) in 2013 to create a sustainable international alliance in community health among American and Azorean nursing faculty and students by fostering professional relationships, enhancing cultural awareness, identifying health and health care roles from a global perspective, and exploring collaborative research opportunities. The target populations served by the project are Portuguese immigrants in the US and Azorean deportees who have been returned to the islands by the US. The project pairs undergraduate nursing students for short-term exchanges that allow students to bridge their clinical and didactic experiences, actively work in communities, and disseminate their work at local, national, and international conferences; seeing the impact from two distinct, but related countries. One of the key innovations was the creation of the IN-STEP guiding framework, which provides an organized approach to generate a sequence of outcomes for student exchange. In 2017, the project was expanded and replicated at a second site/island (Terceira, Azores) allowing for preliminary exploration of the impact of the US closure of Lajes Air Force base on the residents of Terceira. The project is described in this issue of Education for Health by Maryellen D. Brisbois, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. It was a Projects That Work winner in 2018.

The Interprofessional Collaborative Care Project, by Jana Müller, is a 2017 winning project initiated through Stellenbosch University in South Africa. It was made possible because of the previous work of Hoffie Conradie to establish the Ukwanda Rural Clinical School, which provides opportunities for medical students to spend a significant portion of their clinical training outside of the teaching hospital with regional hospital specialists and family physicians as their main tutors. Hoffie's project was a 2014 PTW winner. The Avian Park Service-Learning Centre was started in a shipping container with only one undergraduate professional student group attending to chronic patients. It has grown to five containers hosting undergraduate health and social science students from seven different professions as well as an NGO that offers directly observed treatment for tuberculosis and chronic medication dispensing. The students, under supervision of academic clinical staff, manage patients with chronic diseases and rehabilitative needs. There are also seven community-engaged student service-learning projects in Avian Park that are based on needs identified by the community. Sustainable community-based projects have evolved as a result of some of the findings from this project, such as a student-run rehabilitation clinic, a support group for patients with neurological impairments and disability, and a therapy garden for sheltered work experience and community engagement.

The project's methodology has been also replicated in other states of Brazil but was originally embedded in the Barriguda Project: Promoting Maternal Health in a Quilombola Community by Reginaldo Antonio Oliveira Freitas, Jr., a professor of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. This project was created to improve maternal and child health indicators of the Quilombola community, a black ethnic minority in Brazil who have been historically persecuted and excluded. The group faces great difficulties in accessing public health due to deep social inequalities and the predominantly rural/remote geographical location of their communities. A community-based antenatal care service was implemented with a multiprofessional team (doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, psychologist, and social worker). The team counts on the participation of undergraduate students from these health professions. Meetings are held on a weekly basis and include health education activities, group dynamics, and relaxation techniques, as well as the artistic and cultural activities provided through Carolina's project. Reginaldo's project was selected as a Projects That Work winner in 2018.

“A Arte de Nascer” – The Art of Being Born ,by Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos, is a 2015 winner that was begun in 2008 with a small group of volunteers in a poor rural community in Northeastern Brazil using art therapy to increase the knowledge of pregnant women about gestation, birth, and care of their babies. Positive results included more prenatal visits, increased breastfeeding, and more vaccinations among children from the project. In 2010, after being selected as a “Young Champions of Maternal Health” winner by Ashoka and the Maternal Task Force, the project was invited to be adapted for the local culture in Mali, West Africa, with workshops using songs, poems, stories, crafts, and cinema for Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2019, FAIMER enhanced the award for winners of the Projects That Work competition. In addition to fully paid registration and travel for a project representative to present at the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health, projects will receive up to $30,000 USD to expand their work. If you are interested in learning more about Projects That Work, go to


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