Change is Here

K4Health Highlights

Simone Parrish

JHU∙CCP | Global Repository Director

This is the third in a series of posts about upcoming changes to our web product portfolio (here’s Part 1 from December, and Part 2 from March). The next big set of changes has arrived: the enhancements to K4Health’s main website, www.k4health.org, are rolling out today. I'd like to say a huge "Thank you!" to everyone involved in this process. It has been an amazing group effort, and I'm proud to work with such a great team.

What’s New? In addition to the more modern, engaging look (already familiar to our blog readers), you’ll find several new features, including:

  • Global navigation: This header bar gets you quickly from the main website to K4Health’s other web products, with room to grow.
  • New visitors block: This block helps orient visitors to the revised layout. We have “New Visitors” pages especially for program planners and managers, health care practitioners, researchers and evaluators, and trainers and educators. If those don’t apply to you, the “Areas of Expertise” page is a good place to start.
  • Topics pages: Our audience includes a broad variety of people engaged in the global public health arena—but not all of our content is of interest to all of you. The Topics pages give a brief overview of each topic, followed by links to the most recently posted content related to that topic.
  • Field Activities pages: Several respondents to our 2011 user survey noted how difficult it was to find out about K4Health's country-based work. These pages gather together the work we are doing worldwide—from needs assessments and reports to blog posts and Toolkits.
  • Publications & Resources: K4Health has been described as “an amazing ocean of resources,” but an ocean that was difficult to navigate. Our revised Publications & Resources section offers easy filters to search by resource type and topic area, plus a revised Search functionality that gives clearer, more relevant results.

(View annotated screenshots of the new features below.)

What’s Left to Do on the Main Site?

There are a few things that need more work (for example, some of our Resources and Field Activities pages need polishing, and we are still choosing artwork for many pages). As with any new endeavor of this magnitude, we will be taking a few days to catch our breath and work out the kinks—but the doors are definitely open. Please feel free to browse through, even if we don’t have the “Grand Opening” sign up quite yet.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this site isn't "finished"—nor will it ever be. A useful website is more like a garden than a machine. It will change with every blog post, every new resource, every publication. We have more flexibility now to add and change content, highlight particular items, and make the site more useful—incrementally, day-by-day, in response to your knowledge needs.

What’s Next in the Series of Enhancements?

Between now and the end of June, expect enhancements to Toolkits, well-deserved updates to POPLINE, and a refreshed website for Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers. I will continue to post updates for each item as its launch date draws closer.

What Do You Think?

The point of all of this work on our web products is to make your time online with us more fruitful and less frustrating. We would love to hear what you think of the changes. Please post comments here on the blog, or contact me directly (I’m the recipient of “Website Feedback” on our new contact form).

Annotated Screenshots

If you click to enlarge any of these images, you can scroll through them as a slideshow.

 

walkthrough_globalnav

Global Navigation bar

walkthrough_new_visitors

New Visitors block

walkthrough_topics

Topics pages

walkthrough_field_activities

Field Activities section

walkthrough_resources

Resources section