USAID ASSIST Technical Advisory Group Meeting
The first meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the USAID ASSIST Project was held in the Rotunda Room of the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, on Thursday, January 22, 2015. The ASSIST TAG assembled a distinguished group of improvement science and health systems experts for a penetrating review of the Global Health Bureau’s flagship project for improving the quality of care in USAID-assisted countries.
ASSIST TAG members included Ms. Katie Taylor (Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health & Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator, USAID), Dr. Alexander K. Rowe (Medical Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Dr. Francis Omaswa (Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation), Sir Liam Donaldson (WHO Envoy for Patient Safety and former Chief Medical Officer for the United Kingdom), Dr. Enrique Ruelas (President, National Academy of Medicine, Mexico), and Mr. Derek Feeley (Executive Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement). During the one-day meeting, TAG members engaged in a critical discussion of USAID ASSIST Project activities to date, incorporating their perspectives and providing recommendations for future USAID efforts to improve the quality of health care.
ASSIST partners from University Research Co., LLC (URC), EnCompass LLC, FHI 360, Harvard School of Public Health, HEALTHQUAL International (representing the NY States AIDS Institute), Initiatives Inc., Institute for Healthcare Improvement, John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, WI-HER LLC, and the World Health Organization participanted and presented at the meeting.
Awarded to URC in September 2012 by the Office of Health Systems as a five-year cooperative agreement, ASSIST is designed to improve health care outcomes in USAID-assisted countries, institutionalize quality improvement in health systems, and advance the state-of-the-art for quality improvement. Building on the work of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), ASSIST has worked in 24 low- and middle-income countries to date.
In a series of brief presentations, senior ASSIST experts summarize project results and strategies. The quality improvement activities range across USAID priority technical areas including: maternal, newborn and child health; HIV and AIDS; non-communicable diseases and chronic conditions; nutrition assessment, counseling and support; reproductive health and family planning; health workforce development; care for vulnerable children and families; community health; and health systems strengthening.
A Prezi presentation about the TAG may be accessed here.