What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

Today there is a global human resource crisis of unprecedented magnitude. There is increasing attention being paid to the importance of education for the health care workforce. This is reinforced by the concluding statement of the second global forum on Human Resources for Health Conference issued in January of 2011: “All people, everywhere, shall have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker within a robust health system.”

The purpose of this toolkit is to make it easier for country ministries, donors, implementing partners and educational institutions to collaborate together and learn from each other’s work. This toolkit provides practical programmatic guidance on implementing pre-service programs, summarizes lessons learned and provides tools needed for implementation.

Who developed this toolkit?

Initial development of this toolkit was led by Jhpiego under the leadership of the MCHIP program, and the technical advisory group provided significant input into content and identification of additional tools. Many thanks to the group of reviewers from the Jhpiego preservice community of practice who helped shape the initial version of the pre-service roadmap: James BonTempo, Barbara Deller, Catherine Carr, Sheena Currie, Mary Drake, Patricia Gomez, Peter Johnson, Nancy Kidua, Tsigue Pleah, Jeff Smith, Udaya Thomas, Judith Fullerton and Rebecca Bailey at WHO. The Pre-Service Program Roadmap was authored by Julia Bluestone and Catherine Carr. Development of this toolkit was made possible by Jhpiego and by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the terms of the Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement GHS-A-00-08-00002-00. The contents are the responsibility of the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and Jhpiego and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

To contact MCHIP with questions or comments about the Pre-Service Education Toolkit, please an send e-mail message to toolkits@k4health.org.

Who are the publishers of the resources?

The resources included in this toolkit are. Publishers of resources included in this toolkit are varied and include:

What types of resources are included?

This toolkit was created to provide guidance and tools to design and implement pre-service education programs. It contains:

  • Programmatic guidance based on the literature and practical experience
  • Tools and resources to help implement a variety of pre-service related activities
  • Resources on the most up-to-date evidence from the World Health Organization and other international organizations

Who are the intended audiences?

The toolkit is intended for use by:

  • Policy makers, ministries of health and education, and program managers who are interested in improving pre-service education
  • Faculty, classroom and clinical instructors, deans and heads of educational institutions

How do I get started using this toolkit?

Improving pre-service education requires comprehensive approaches. This toolkit outlines the programmatic steps recommended when implementing a pre-service program, although steps may not be completed ‘one-by-one’, some activities may be implemented at the same time. The toolkit attempts to address the main areas to address when strengthening pre-service education.

To browse the contents of this toolkit, use the tabs above to read a summary of recommended programmatic steps and view the related. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource.

Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use (please remember to credit the source). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us. (To make a comment about the toolkit or suggest a resource, use the feedback form.)

How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?

We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in the toolkit, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.

How do I cite the Pre-Service Program Roadmap?

When citing the program guidance provided in the tabs or program roadmap, the citation should read: Bluestone, J., Carr, C. 2011. Pre-Service Program Roadmap. USAID/MCHIP and Jhpiego. Baltimore, MD.

How can I make a comment or give feedback about this toolkit?

If you have comments about the toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the toolkit in your work so that others can learn from and adapt your experiences.