Spina bifida global learning collaborative: Educating the next generation of clinicians, researchers, and advocates

Nienke P Dosa, Yakob S Ahmed, Ann Alriksson-Schmidt, Heidi Castillo, Silvana Contepomi, Mary M Locastro, Jan Koning, George Koutsouros, Elly Kutwa, Anjali Mahorta, Shade MacFarland, Ann-Marie Öhrvall, Patricia O'Neill, Anneloes Overvelde, Marie Peny-Dahlstrand, Andrea Shaw, Jessica Stockman, Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, Jonathan Castillo

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PURPOSE: This project aimed to launch an international learning community to guide the development of a spina bifida (SB) curriculum for global health trainees.

METHODS: Using a descriptive study design, a convenience sample of SB curricula were identified in 2022-23 by members of the Spina Bifida World Congress Outreach Committee and evaluated during a series of monthly Zoom calls to discuss SB education in a global health context. Participants included (1) leadership from the ReachAnother Foundation, (2) invited panelists from the Spina Bifida World Congress Global Health Symposium, and (3) global health students and preceptors. Education initiatives in Ethiopia, Sweden, Argentina, Ecuador, and the United States were evaluated vis-à-vis format and content.

RESULTS: All of the education initiatives referenced the framework of the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Formats varied and included both virtual and interactive workshops, print materials, videos, and guides for small group discussion. Content addressed four domains: Folate Prevention, Neurosurgical Training, After Care, and Data Collection. A multidisciplinary approach, partnerships with families, and workforce pipeline training were identified as guiding themes for educating the next generation of SB researchers and clinicians in global health settings.

CONCLUSION: The Spina Bifida Global Learning Collaborative is a transnational group of advocates, clinicians, and investigators whose mission is the advancement of SB-related global health education. Lessons learned from the collaborative are being leveraged to develop a global health curriculum for learners, which may improve services for individuals with SB around the globe.

Sidor (från-till)657-663
Antal sidor7
TidskriftJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
StatusPublished - 2023 dec. 26

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi
  • Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi


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