AV-HCP ECHO Program
Adult Vaccination Health Care Professional Education ECHO Program (AV-HCP ECHO)
Vaccine-preventable diseases including influenza, pneumonia and others pose serious risks to health and well-being, functional ability, autonomy, and survival of older adults, individuals living with chronic conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic lung disease), as well as the health care professionals (HCPs) who care for them on the frontline.
In the face of emerging and ongoing vaccine hesitancy, HCPs remain the most trusted advisors and influencers of vaccination decisions. However, the capacity and confidence of HCPs in conveying new knowledge is at times stretched as they are faced with time constraints, increased workload, and limited resources. There is often inadequate information and training on the latest trends in adult immunization, including perceived barriers to address the concerns of older adults.
In response, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is thrilled to launch the Adult Vaccination Health Care Professional Education ECHO Program (AV-HCP ECHO), a scalable learning curriculum based on the world-renowned Project ECHOTM model, geared toward pharmacists, nurses, community support workers, long-term care staff and physicians. Through a comprehensive curriculum, the development of a learning community will act as a platform for sharing evidence, tools, and good practices needed to empower HCPs to become champions of adult immunization in their communities.
Unit 1: Prevention
|Module 1||Immunization as a central component of health promotion and prevention within a life course approach to healthy ageing.||7 July 2022|
|Module 2||Integration of adult vaccination across disciplines dealing with vaccine-preventable diseases and non-communicable diseases.||21 July 2022|
|Module 3||Creating an environment that maintains and improves vaccine confidence among older adults.||4 August 2022|
|Module 4||Multisectoral collaboration to maintain and improve routine adult immunization.||18 August 2022|
Unit 2: Access
|Module 1||Emerging and expanding roles of Health Care Professionals as adult vaccinators.||1 September 2022|
|Module 2||Applying a gender lens to adult vaccination.||15 September 2022|
|Module 3||Digital inclusion to improve access to adult vaccination.||29 September 2022|
Unit 3: Equity
|Module 1||Improving Adult Vaccination Literacy Through Tailored Messages||13 October 2022|
|Module 2||Inclusion of Marginalized Communities in Adult Vaccination Campaigns||27 October 2022|
|Module 3||Roles of HCPs in Advocating for Equity in Global Vaccination Supply||10 November 2022|
Unit 1: Prevention
MODULE 1 | 7 July 2022 | Immunization as a central component of health promotion and prevention within a life course approach to healthy ageing.
Prof. Parvaiz Koul, Vice-chair, Middle-East, Eurasia and Africa Influenza Stakeholder Network
Globally, the population of adults aged 60 years or older is expected to more than double in the coming decades, with the majority of this population living in low- and middle-income countries. Population ageing must be considered in view of concerning trends wherein vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) are (re-)emerging and asserting an unprecedented burden on health systems. The compounded burden of VPDs and concomitant functional decline among a growing population of older adults requires a proportionate and comprehensive response.
Health care professionals (HCPs) are a trusted source of information and as such play a unique role in communicating health-related information in a way that is easily digestible and meaningful to inform individual decisions. This module explores what is meant by life course approach to immunization in the context of healthy
Immunization Agenda 2030 Strategic Priority 4: Life Course and Integration
The value of immunization as a core pillar of healthy ageing can oftentimes be overlooked in the presence of competing priorities.
As an older adult and immigrant faced with health care decisions, many factors may impact the decision to be vaccinated: a complex vaccination pathway, limited health care literacy, apprehension to institutions, and many more.
This case explores the experience of a HCP in consultation with an older adult who is making a decision to be vaccinated, the nature of the situation and personal barriers, and the approach taken to encourage vaccination.
1. To describe the role of adult vaccination within a life course approach to healthy ageing
2. To describe complexities that may contribute to an older persons’ decision to be vaccinated
MODULE 2 | 21 July 2022 | Integration of adult vaccination across disciplines dealing with vaccine-preventable diseases and non-communicable diseases.
Ms. Lois Privor-Dumm, Director, Adult Vaccines, International Vaccine Access Center
Vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) such as influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among all age groups worldwide. Greater risk for severe outcomes is associated with the presence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. In the global context of population ageing wherein both VPDs and NCDs are growing in incidence, adult vaccination is not a standalone intervention, rather it must be an integrated pillar of healthy ageing across health care disciplines.
This module explores the relationships between VPDs and NCDs, which point to the value of integrating adult vaccination across disciplines as a person-centred approach to healthy ageing.
Older adults may interact with a range of HCPs, including family physicians, specialists, oral health providers, pharmacists, and nursing professionals who share a role in providing education or administering adult vaccines toward healthy ageing.
As an older adult living with chronic conditions in a low-income, rural environment, there are limited interactions with HCPs. This case explores the experience of a HCP identifying risk factors for VPDs, resources used for promoting vaccination, and the challenges of meeting the needs of at-risk adults.
1. To understand the complex relationship between VPDs and NCDs on older adults
2. To understand the concept of person-centred care and the role of adult vaccination therein
3. To identify opportunities to integrate adult vaccination in multidisciplinary clinical contexts
MODULE 3 | 4 August 2022 | Creating an environment that maintains and improves vaccine confidence among older adults.
Prof. Heidi Larson, Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project
Declines in vaccine confidence contribute to the disruption of routine immunization across all age groups, impacting over 1.5 million people defined by the National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) as at risk of serious complications and death from VPDs. Building, maintaining, and improving vaccine confidence among older adults, their caregivers and HCPs is a complex process and associated with a variety of psychosocial, demographic, and socioeconomic factors.
This module describes principles and practices of developing a health care environment that promotes adult vaccine confidence, considering as well associated issues of complacency and convenience such that interventions respond to the needs and values of older adults, their caregivers, and HCPs.
The burden of low vaccine confidence on at-risk populations, specifically older adults and those with chronic conditions, has been tragically highlighted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, however the impact is seen in low uptake rates of other adult vaccines for VPDs including influenza, pneumonia, shingles, pertussis and more.
Older adults interacting with caregivers, friends, family, HCPs, and others in the community face many opportunities to discuss adult vaccination. Within this context, a variety of factors may impact vaccine confidence.
This case explores tools available to assess and overcome challenges to vaccine confidence, the impact of specific factors on their decision to be vaccinated, and the sources of information available about adult vaccination.
1. To distinguish specific factors contributing to vaccine confidence among older adults
2. To assess and correct possible sources of misinformation regarding adult vaccines
3. To identify good practices within health care consultations about adult vaccination that build or improve confidence
MODULE 4 | 18 August 2022 | Multisectoral collaboration to maintain and improve routine adult immunization.
Mr. Colin Milner, Chief Executive Officer, International Council on Active Aging
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and well before, reports have exposed gaps in responding to the health care needs of older adults, leading to higher rates of mortality and susceptibility to risks such as VPDs. As outbreaks of VPDs alongside natural and humanitarian crises increase in frequency and impact to vulnerable populations, the United Nations and international actors call for increased multisectoral collaboration to adopt or improve strategies that maintain essential routine immunization services.
This module explores good practices in multisectoral collaboration (i.e. HCPs working alongside civil society) to respond to gaps in adult vaccination strategies, including during crisis settings.
Routine immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Disruptions in routine immunization services during crisis settings create unnecessary risks for outbreaks of VPDs for at-risk older adults. In crisis settings such as the COVID-19 lockdowns particularly in the context of long-term care, HCPs must maximize scarce resources to respond to competing needs of vulnerable populations including older adults.
Older adults in long-term care facilities may experience severe disruptions to health services including routine and emergency care during crises such as VPD outbreaks. This case explores the experiences, barriers and opportunities of HCPs working collaboratively alongside patient and advocacy organizations to bridge gaps in routine immunization services.
1. To understand the benefits of maintaining routine immunization services for older adults
2. To identify good practices involving multisectoral collaborations that reduce disruption to adult immunization strategies
Unit 2: Access
MODULE 1: 1 September 2022 | Emerging and expanding roles of Health Care Professionals as adult vaccinators
Mr. Gonçalo Sousa Pinto, Lead for Practice Development and Transformation International Pharmaceutical Federation
In the face of emerging vaccine hesitancy, health care professionals (HCPs) still remain one of the most trusted sources of information about vaccines and vaccination for all ages, particularly those most at-risk. However, the capacity of HCPs is often stretched as they are faced with time constraints, increased workload and limited resources. For many, there has also been the need to restructure and invest in infrastructure to accommodate COVID requirements and undertake continuous education with the latest evidence.
In many countries the adult vaccination pathway is complex. For example, some vaccines can only be administered by a general practitioner while other vaccines can be given by a broader range of health care professionals including pharmacists; access to enhanced vaccines for at risk populations are often unavailable due to supply and demand issues; and there is an astoundingly low level of awareness of the special risks experienced by some groups.
One proven approach to improving adult vaccination uptake rates is the expansion of trained healthcare professionals as vaccinators, by changing the requirement for a medical prescription for administration when clear eligibility criteria and protocols have been developed for each vaccine.
This module explores the opportunities for growth and expansion of adult vaccination services across health care professionals to improve access for older adults.
1. Describe the barriers to vaccination services experienced by older adults and the strategies to overcome complexities within vaccination pathways.
2. Identify opportunities for alternative HCPs to administer vaccines, or advocate or educate individuals on adult vaccination.
MODULE 2: 15 September 2022 | Applying a gender lens to adult vaccination
Dr. Mercy Wanjala, AfroPHC
Gender equality is increasingly accepted in the literature as critical to increase the demand, access to and uptake of health services, yet gender considerations are largely still absent in immunization programmes across the life course. The goal of gender equality is not for women and men and girls and boys to become the same but to ensure that women and men, girls and boys have the same chances and opportunities to access and benefit from services.
Gender-related barriers operate at multiple levels, from the individual and the household to the community and health systems. These specific barriers lead to different opportunities, limitations, challenges, needs and vulnerabilities, especially for women and girls which affect both the access to and provision of vaccines.
To increase immunization coverage and equity, gender must be explicitly considered as an integral part of the initial design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of immunization interventions and policies.
This module explores the influence of gender on access to adult immunization services with a special focus on older women and provides a basis to encourage HCPs to view vaccine promotion through a gender lens.
Expanding reach: Addressing gender barriers in COVID-19 vaccine rollout
1. Describe the influence of gender disparities on access to adult vaccination services
MODULE 3: 29 September 2022 | Digital inclusion to improve access to adult vaccination
Mr. Philip Weiss – CEO ZN Consulting.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a dramatic acceleration in digital health, including telemedicine, remote monitoring for chronic conditions, and mobile apps for contact tracing. Upon the provision of the novel COVID-19 vaccine, online scheduling systems were widely used to expedite mass vaccination. However, using digital vaccination registration systems highlighted the barriers many populations experienced in accessing essential health services and further perpetuated a digital divide.
While digitalization has tremendous potential to improve access to and uptake of adult vaccines, it is important to consider the experiences and needs of all populations, including older adults. Navigating innovations and shifts in the provision of services may in fact lead to exacerbation of inequalities e.g., poor or the lack of internet, and limited digital literacy to seek information about vaccines, or to schedule appointments.
This module describes recent digital innovations in adult vaccination service delivery and considerations for HCPs to ensure the inclusion of older adults.
1. Identify digital tools that impact the access of older adults to adult vaccination
- Dr. Jane Barratt
- Prof. Parvaiz Koul
- Mr. Colin Milner
- Ms. Lois Privor-Dumm
- Dr. Mercy Wanjala
- Dr. Kristin Trujillo
Dr. Jane Barratt
International Federation on Ageing
Jane Barratt is the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA), an international NGO with general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO). Her leadership drives the agenda for the world’s population ageing within the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.
Among her many current positions, Jane is a Member of the Vision Academy, Director of Baycrest Health Sciences, Associate Scientist with Sinai Health System, Member of WFPHA International Council for Adult Immunisation Taskforce, Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Ageing and Longevity, CSO Representative with WHO COVAX Pillar “vaccine strategy,” Member of the IA2030 Strategic Priority Life Course and Integration Working Group, and Member of the European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing Assembly.
Prof. Parvaiz Koul
Middle East, Eurasia and Africa Influenza Stakeholders Network
In addition to his responsibilities as Vice-chair of the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa Influenza Stakeholders Network (MENA-ISN), Prof. Parvaiz Koul is the Head of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine & Chief of Clinical Research Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in India. He is a medical doctor specialized in pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine and was ranked in the top 2% of Stanford University’s list of global researchers for 2020.
Prof. Koul has presented in over 500 international fora and published over 350 journal articles and book chapters. He is a Member or Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, Royal College of Physicians (London), European Respiratory Society, Indian Chest Society, Indian College of Physicians, and serves on the National Advisory Group on Immunization and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with the Government of India.
Mr. Colin Milner
Chief Executive Officer,
International Council on Active Ageing
Colin Milner is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging and a leading authority on the health and well-being of the older adults. An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 300 articles. He has been published in such journals as Global Policy, and the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Milner’s efforts have inspired a broad spectrum of groups to seek his counsel, included amongst these are the WHO Global Network on Long-term care, WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy Ageing, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Aging, White House Conference on Aging, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging, The Canadian Minister of State (Seniors), Canadian Special Senate Committee on Aging, European Commission, and the National Health Services – Scotland.
Canadian Minister of State (Seniors), Canadian Special Senate Committee on Aging, European Commission, and the National Health Services – Scotland.
Ms. Lois Privor-Dumm
Director, Adult Vaccines,
International Vaccine Access Centre
Lois Privor-Dumm is Senior Advisor, Policy, Advocacy & Communications and Director, Adult Vaccines, at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a global expert and advocate for equitable vaccination and access across the life-course. Her research focuses on determinants of vaccine policy and uptake and vaccine acceptance. In Baltimore, she worked with the Baltimore City Health Department and partners to establish the VALUE peer ambassador program and leads education efforts to build vaccine literacy, increase trust and enable access to COVID-19 vaccination in underserved communities. She works with various coalitions to engage communities and promote vaccine literacy, and is a member of the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group and Vaccine Equity Task Force. She also advises global institutions and partners on strengthening systems to deliver vaccines to older adults.
She joined Hopkins in 2005 and has worked in more than 70 countries helping to accelerate vaccine access. She holds a Masters of International Business Studies from University of South Carolina, and Executive Certificates in Human-Centered Design and Innovation and Business Communication from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.
Dr. Mercy Wanjala
Member of the Executive Coordination Team,
African Forum for Primary Health Care
In addition to serving on the AV-HCP ECHO Advisory Committee, Dr. Wanjala is a member of the African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) Coordinating team in charge of the Policy Workshops. She is the WONCA Rural Seeds Ambassador Africa region and a member of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. She is the treasurer at WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine Africa Region. She is the immediate former Hon. Chair at Kenya Medical Association Embu division for two years. She is a Family Medicine resident at the University of Havana, Faculty of Giron, Cuba, and an MBA in Healthcare Management Candidate at the Strathmore Business School, Kenya.
She is originally from Kenya where she received her MBCHB at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine. She has worked at the County Government of Embu as the Medical Officer in Charge at Kiritiri Health Centre then as Medical Superintendent at Siakago Sub- County Hospital. She volunteered as a Global Coach at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Open School where she supported Open school chapters in the development and implementation of quality improvement and patient safety projects.
She has training and experience in healthcare financing, health care policy, business design and innovation, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and economic evaluation in health. She is passionate about rural health practice, aged health care equity, quality improvement and health policy.
Dr. Kristin Lunz Trujillo
Postdoctoral Researcher on the COVID States Project,
Harvard and Northeastern Universities
Kristin Lunz Trujillo is a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Lazer Lab at Northeastern University. She works on the Covid States Project, which surveys Americans on attitudes related to COVID-19, health, politics, and more. Kristin’s research focuses on vaccine hesitancy and policy attitudes, as well as vaccine messaging strategies, from a political psychology perspective. She also researches rural-urban divisions in politics and public health, particularly as they relate to populism and trust in scientists and experts.
Kristin received her PhD in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2021 while working as a visiting instructor at Carleton College. Her research has appeared in various media outlets, including Time, US News and World Report, Forbes, Newsweek, and more.
Advisory Committee Membership
Dr. Jane Barratt
Dr. Jane Barratt
Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
Jane Barratt is the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA), an international NGO with general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO).
Her leadership drives the agenda for the world’s population ageing within the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing. Among her many current positions, Jane is a Member of the Vision Academy, Director of Baycrest Health Sciences, Associate Scientist with Sinai Health System, Member of WFPHA International Council for Adult Immunisation Taskforce, Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Ageing and Longevity, CSO Representative with WHO COVAX Pillar “vaccine strategy,” Member of the IA2030 Strategic Priority Life Course and Integration Working Group, and Member of the European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing Assembly.
Advisory Committee Members
Dr. Salah Al-Awaidy
Dr. Salah Al-Awaidy
Chair, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa Influenza Stakeholders Network
Dr. Salah Al Awaidy is a medical doctor, and holds a Masters in Epidemiology with current post of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Adviser to the office of the Undersecretary of Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health, Oman. He currently advises on eradication, elimination and control of communicable diseases of public health importance, in addition to the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), vaccine supply chain system and International Health Regulations.
He played a pivotal role in reducing the national under five mortality and morbidity, preparedness, management and control of infectious diseases like SARS, avian influenza, pH1N1 and in establishing national communicable diseases, AEFI and Rotavirus surveillance, as well as in the eradication of Polio, Measles, Rubella, CRS and leprosy in Oman. In addition, he played a fundamental role in reducing mortality and morbidity of vaccine-preventable diseases for pediatric, adolescence and adult populations.
Under his leadership, Oman achieved Polio-free, Measles-free, Rubella-free, Dranculosis-free and CRS-free status, neonatal tetanus elimination and control and near elimination of Hepatitis B and other VPDs like TB and Schistosomiasis. Oman received the first ever certification that the Central Vaccine Store fulfilled all the criteria expected of WHO/UNICEF in 2003 and 2004. As a result, Oman has achieved and maintained almost 99% immunization coverage regionally and nationally. In June 2012, he was honoured by the CDC as the highest achieving person in Oman.
In the international arena, Dr. Al Awaidy has represented a number of important global advisory groups, namely the TAG on Poliomyelitis Eradication in Pakistan & Afghanistan since 2013, Advisory Group on Immunization (SAGE), WHO Geneva (2005-2007), Strategic Advisory Group on Vaccine and Store Management Training Courses (2005-2008), Strategic TB Advisory Board (2007-2011), the AIDS Regional Advisory Group (ARAG), EMRO since 2005 and he has been a member of the GAVI Independent Review Committee since 2014. He also currently serves on the IHR Emergency Committee on Polio. He has been a member of the polio Transient Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB) and Polio RTAG as well as a member of the regional verification commission for Hepatitis B control, the EU diabetes and influenza group, the Global Task Team of Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Response WHO, HQ, since 2020.
Dr. Lina Bader
Dr. Lina Bader
Lead for Workforce Transformation & Development, International Pharmaceutical Federation
Dr Lina Bader is a UK trained and registered pharmacist and is working with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), currently as the FIP Lead for Equity, Sustainability Policy and Development. As part of the FIP leadership team, Dr Bader leads a number of strategic programmes that support the delivery of FIP’s mission to advance the pharmacy profession nationally, regionally and globally. She supports FIP to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through pharmacy and the FIP Development Goals (FIP DGs). She’s primarily charged with developing, leading and delivering activities that facilitate the implementation of all the FIP DGs with measurable outputs, with a specific focus on equity, sustainability and access. She has a key role in the evaluation of the implementation of the FIP global roadmap and on advocacy and outreach activities relating to the Goals.
Dr Bader also continues to oversee the work of FIP that relates to the development of the global pharmacy workforce, and manages the FIP Workforce Development Hub (a group of 40+ technical experts from around the world) to deliver work streams focused on workforce transformation & development. Dr Bader has a PhD in pharmacy policy and development from the University of Nottingham and is Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®. She currently resides in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Mamsallah Faal-Omisore
Dr. Mamsallah Faal-Omisore
Clinical Director, Primary Care International
Mamsallah is a practising GP/Family physician. With an MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mamsallah is also a seasoned health policy consultant and is currently based between the UK and Nigeria. She began work as a GP in inner city London, before moving to South Africa to work in operational research at the interface of HIV and primary care, subsequently working as a Clinical Lecturer in Family Medicine at Wits University.
Most recently Mamsallah has worked in clinical practice in Lagos alongside a role as Faculty at the Healthcare Leadership Academy: HLA Africa. Mamsallah has worked with PCI since 2017, supporting a number of different partners and projects, and since 2020 has overseen all the clinical side to our work, as Clinical Director. In particular she has been leading our Clinical Associates on the development of material for our PCI Academy, ensuring that healthworkers get accurate, up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills to manage a range of NCDs and broader primary care issues.
Dr. Daphne Holt
Dr. Daphne Holt
Board Chair, Coalition for Life-course Immunisation
Daphné joined the world of charity management in 1999 after 30 years in medical research and education. After working for 10 years on international development for the Meningitis Trust (UK) Daphné joined the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) in 2009 as executive director. Daphné subseqently became a member of the Governing Council of CoMO in 2011 and its Vice President for Europe and Africa, posts that she held until December 2017 when she retired to help found the Coalition for Life-course Immunisation (CLCI) and become its Chair.
Daphné is a member of the editorial board of Vaccine Today and is generally active in the world of vaccines advocacy.
Dr. Olufemi (Femi) Olowookere
Dr. Olufemi (Femi) Olowookere
Director, Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric Centre
Olufemi Olowookere is a consultant Family Physician and Geriatrician at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He is currently the Director, Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric centre, University College Hospital. Olufemi read medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians (Family Medicine). An associate Lecturer, University of Ibadan. He has the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). Member of the African Research Network on Ageing of the University of Oxford, Member, Geriatric Association of Nigeria, Member of the Society of family physician of Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.(Chartered), Fellow of the Institute of Policy Management Development. Interest areas include Medical education, Adolescent health, Care of the elderly and Quality health care.
He has written some publications in peer–reviewed journals. He has made scientific presentations in local and international conferences. A reviewer for international journals.
Currently an International Executive Member of the Partnership in International Medical Education (PRIME, UK). He is involved in local and international training of tutors. He is the lead tutor for West Africa sub region.
Olufemi is married and blessed with children. Enjoys reading, travelling and listening to music.
Mr. Gonçalo Sousa Pinto
Mr. Gonçalo Sousa Pinto
Lead for practice development and transformation, International Pharmaceutical Federation
Gonçalo Sousa Pinto leads the area of Development and Transformation of the Profession at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the global organisation representing over 4 million pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmaceutical educators. Through this role, he supports the work of FIP member organisations and individual pharmacists around the world in advancing pharmacy practice and implementing pharmaceutical professional services in the areas of responsible use of medicines, in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases as well as infectious diseases, including vaccination services.
He graduated as a pharmacist from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2000. He has authored or edited several FIP publications to support and advocate a broader role by pharmacists in vaccination.
Mr. Mariano Votta
Mr. Mariano Votta
Director, Active Citizenship Network
Director of Active Citizenship Network and Responsible for European Affairs at Cittadinanzattiva. He has more than 18 years of experience in the field of the protection of citizens’ rights, stakeholder engagement, communication and civic information.
In 2015 he took the initiative to launch the MEP Interest Group “European Patients’ Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare”, promoted with the endorsement of almost 100 organizations across Europe.
Ms. Sharon Joseph
Ms. Sharon Joseph
Project Officer, International Federation on Ageing
Ms. Joseph joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in 2022. She completed her Bachelor in Honours Life Sciences at McMaster University, and also holds a Master in Management of Applied Science with a specialization in Global Health Systems from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. Additionally, Ms. Joseph is currently completing a concurrent master’s degree program at Brock University – after having completed one in Business Administration, she will begin her Masters of Public Health this fall (2022).
Throughout her academic career, Sharon has become very passionate about addressing global and public health inequities from a systems-level approach. She is interested in public health policy research to help improve the health and well-being of marginalized populations.
Advisory Committee Membership
Dr. Mick Armstrong
Dr. Mick Armstrong
Vice Chair, FDI World Dental Federation Dental Practice Committee
Qualified from Newcastle Dental School in 1985, Dr. Armstrong is practising as a General Dental Practitioner part time in a deprived area and has done so for 37 years. Dr. Armstrong serves as Chair of the British Dental Association Health and Science Committee and is the Immediate Past Chair British Dental Association Board. He is a British Dental Association Board Member.
Ms. Patricia D’Antonio
Ms. Patricia D’Antonio
Co-chair, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition
Patricia M. D’Antonio, BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP is the Vice President of Policy and Professional Affairs for The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a board-certified geriatric pharmacist. Trish is responsible for developing and managing GSA’s relationships with other organizations in the aging arena and leading major Society programs and projects. She directs GSA’s policy initiatives through the National Academy on an Aging Society, GSA’s non-partisan public policy institute. Additionally, she serves as the Program Director for the Reframing Aging Initiative, a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the public’s understanding of what aging means and the many ways that older people contribute to our society.
Before joining GSA, Trish served as Executive Director for the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and Program Manager for the Pharmaceutical Control Division, where she was responsible for the regulatory and policy development for the practice of pharmacy in the District, inspection and investigation of regulated facilities. She served as liaison to the FDA, DEA, and other federal, state, and city organizations that promote safe handling of medications. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Duquesne University and her Master of Science in Health Finance and Master in Business Administration with a concentration in health care from Temple University. She completed a residency in administration and finance at The Philadelphia Geriatric Center.
Dr. José Luis Fernández
Dr. José Luis Fernández
Director, International Long Term Care Policy Network
José Luis is Director and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at CPEC, LSE. He is also Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care (ASCRU).
A health and social care economist, José Luis specialises in ageing-related policies, the interaction between health and social care, and the economic evaluation of health and social care systems and services. He has been involved in several high-profile reviews of the social care funding system in England, as well as acting as specialist adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee’s Inquiry on social care.
In 2010, he co-founded the International Long-term care Policy Network (ILPN), which links academics and policy makers on the analysis of long-term care. He has also advised bodies such as the English Department of Health and Social Care, the UK Treasury, the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Health Organization.
Dr. Champion Nyoni
Dr. Champion Nyoni
Chair, Africa Interprofessional Education Network
Champion is a Senior Researcher at the School of Nursing of the University of the Free State. He is a professional nurse who holds registration as a nurse in three countries within sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to his PhD in Nursing, he also holds a Fellowship with the sub-Saharan FAIMER regional institute (SAFRI) and an International Fellowship in Medical Education. Champion was instrumental in developing competency-based programmes for undergraduate nursing education in various contexts within the African region. His research is around the development of a competent workforce that can influence the health parameters of the contexts they serve. He has published 30 research articles, and his research has been presented in various international platform. He supervises Master and PhD students in nursing and in health professions education.
He has been involved in the institutional and programme accreditation processes with various higher education bodies in the region. He is the current Chairperson of the Board of Directors for AHPEL and the Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN). He is an executive Board member for the Africa Forum Primary Health Care (AfroPHC), and Interprofessional.global board based in Hanze University in the Netherlands. He is an Advisor to the Sigma International Nurse Education Academy.
Ms. Denise Octavia Smith
Ms. Denise Octavia Smith
Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers
Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN is the founding Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers, Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change, Aspen Institute Healthy Communities Fellow, and a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader. As a woman of African descent, a Community Health Worker, certified patient navigator and survivor of a rare chronic disease, Denise envisions a culture of health where individuals have self-determination and dignity, where communities meaningfully contribute to system design and governance and where societies eliminate structural barriers to well-being.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Denise co-founded the Community Based Workforce Alliance and the Vaccine Equity Cooperative to advocate for national racial equity principles and policies that affirm and sustain community expertise and capacity in COVID-19 response and community recovery and developed the first National CHW Policy Platform with recommendations for public and private institutions to respect, protect and authentically partner with CHWs and their Networks. Denise advises the Rockefeller Foundation, ASTHO, CDC 2109/2110 grantees, the Morehouse School of Medicine, United Health Care and the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care S.A.V.E. In Community and Rural Health Program among others on COVID response, CHW integration, legislation and workforce sustainability.
Denise is currently funded by the Johnson and Johnson Foundation to develop a national CHW leadership team and develop a data-driven campaign to advance CHW professional identity, policy leadership and organizational capacity. She has also assembled global and U.S. federal, state and community subject matter experts to design a National CHW Registry.
Mr. David Stewart
Mr. David Stewart
Director, Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses
David Stewart, RN, BN, MHN, has been with ICN since 2016 and has led several seminal projects in the Health Policy and Nursing Team. Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, David is committed to improving healthcare systems that deliver better outcomes and experiences for patients, clinicians, governments, and the public. He has worked in both the public and private sector with high level experience regionally, nationally, and internationally. Over the course of his 20+ year in healthcare, David has developed expertise in consultancy, public policy development, patient safety, strategy and innovation, health service planning, management, strategic and transformational leadership.
Prior to working for ICN, David worked for the Queensland Government Ministry of Health in a number of senior leadership positions including the Director of Nursing, Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, he has a Masters‘ of Health Administration, and is a Certified Global Nurse Consultant (CGFNS International).
Dr. Mercy Wanjala
Dr. Mercy Wanjala
Member of Executive Coordination Team, African Forum for Primary Health Care
Mercy is a member of the AfroPHC Coordinating team in charge of the Policy Workshops. She is the WONCA Rural Seeds Ambassador Africa region and a member of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. She is the treasurer at WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine Africa Region. She is the immediate former Hon. Chair at Kenya Medical Association Embu division for two years. She is a Family Medicine resident at the University of Havana, Faculty of Giron, Cuba. She is an MBA in Healthcare Management Candidate at the Strathmore Business School, Kenya. She is originally from Kenya where she received her MBCHB at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine. She has worked at the County Government of Embu as the Medical Officer in Charge at Kiritiri Health Centre then as Medical Superintendent at Siakago Sub- County Hospital.
She volunteered as a Global Coach at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Open School where she supported Open school chapters in the development and implementation of quality improvement and patient safety projects. She has training and experience in healthcare financing, health care policy, business design and innovation, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and economic evaluation in health. She is passionate about rural health practice, aged health care equity, quality improvement and health policy.