Marching Order for the PNHRS: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

All 17 regional research consortia worked as one to improve research dissemination and utilization strategies during their bi-annual assembly on 14 March 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

In her welcome remarks, Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) RU Committee Chair, stressed that research utilization is an important part of the research process in which each member of the System has crucial role to play. “We need the concerted efforts of everyone to broaden our reach and translate this reach to utilization of research results towards societal impact in health,” Dr. Acuin explained.

Highlight of the session was the reporting of the accomplishments of the regional consortia wherein achievements for the published papers, conducted research conferences, and other research dissemination activities were presented. Based from the presentations, members of the consortia agreed that a calendar of activities must be developed in order to keep track of all the regions’ research dissemination and utilization activities for the rest of the year.

Given the accomplishments and identified gaps, the need for more capacity building efforts was emphasized in terms of developing websites and social media, writing articles and policy notes, as well as creating capacities for managing and utilizing health research.

The RU meeting is part of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s 37th Anniversary pre-conference session which aims to gain insights on how health research dissemination and utilization can be strengthened across the regions.