Subject: New HIFA discussion: Effective communication of health research, 5 September to 7 October 2022

Neil Pakenham-Walsh

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Dear IBP colleagues,

I would like to invite you to join HIFA (Healthcare Information For All) for a new in-depth discussion supported by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at WHO: Effective communication of health research, 5 September to 7 October 2022

Here are the guiding questions:

1. What do we mean by ‘Effective communication of health research to policymakers?’ How do we measure it?
2. What are the different approaches to communicating research (eg academic journals, policy briefs, interaction with policymakers, press releases, social media, infographics, use of video)? What is your experience with these approaches? What works and what doesn't?
3. What is the role of researchers in research communication, beyond publication of their paper? What is the role of other stakeholders (eg communication professionals, editors, media, public health professionals and critical thinkers)
4. What are the needs and preferences of policymakers?
5. What can be done to better support researchers in the communication of health research?

To join (free) please go to:

Please forward this message to your contacts and networks and encourage people to join by going to our website: or direct to our Join page:

Contact: Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Global Coordinator: neil@...

About HIFA: Healthcare Information For All is a global human-rights-based community of practice that is committed to reduce avoidable death and suffering by improving the availability and use of reliable healthcare information and protecting people from harmful misinformation. It has 20,000 professional members from 180 countries representing frontline health workers, patients, general public, policymakers, library and information professionals, publishers, researchers, guideline developers, journalists, social scientists, and others. HIFA members share experience on several discussion forums in four languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish), and they are supported by more than 400 health and development organisations worldwide. Current financial supporters (2022) include the World Health Organization, Elsevier and Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh, together with personal donations from HIFA members. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-governmental organisation in official relations with WHO.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global Coordinator HIFA, neil@...
Global Healthcare Information Network: Working in official relations with WHO