Center for Communication Programs Pakistan and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs jointly organized an alumni meeting of the “Pakistan Leadership in Strategic Health Communication workshop” at the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad on August 10, 2016. This workshop has been held almost every year for the past decade and there is a large network of training alumni all over Pakistan.
The alumni event was held in conjunction with the “Tenth Pakistan Leadership in Strategic Health Communication” workshop which was taking place during the first two weeks of August in Islamabad. The occasion provided an opportunity for alumni to network and learn from each other as well as from the new graduates. A total of 89 alumni, health professionals and project-affiliated persons were present on the occasion. Attendees included alumni who had taken the course in the U.S. and in Pakistan. The Executive Director of CCPP, Dr. Atif Ikram Butt welcomed the alumni and spoke of the importance of this vast network of alumni who are applying their skills in the various facets of their professional life and working to improve and better lives. He lauded the important role the course has played in changing the mindset and expanding the horizons of health professionals who have benefitted greatly from the workshop. Dr. Atif Ikram Butt also introduced the different cohorts who also spoke briefly about their learning experience in the course and how it has inspired them not only in their work, but proved to be a life-changing experience. Dr. Benjamin Lozare, an eminent Professor and Director of Training at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in Baltimore who has held this workshop across the world and greatly inspired all his students also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the outpouring of warmth and regard for him.
The session also featured the launch of the Springboard, an exciting online health communication platform for health and social development communication professionals to connect and share experiences and best practices. Dr. Atif Ikram Butt introduced springboard and gave a presentation on its key features which would allow practitioners to share ideas, resources and enhance learning in a shared space. Attendees also registered for springboard and were keen to learn more about the forum.