Best Practices in Community-Academe Partnerships

The FEU-NRMF Department of Community and Family Medicine and Barangay Narra, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan started a partnership in 2014 under the Community Outreach Program.  It aims to provide learning venue for the students’ Community Medicine rotation while at the same time assist the partner community in health development.

The Health Club Day of Barangay Narra is a monthly event implemented thru the efforts of the community, the City Health Office and FEU-NRMF.  Prior to its implementation residents of the barangay, diagnosed with hypertension and/or diabetes, attend the club day organized by the City Health Office together with residents of three other barangays.  Members found this event tedious because of the high number of patients attending it.  Many are dissatisfied thus would rather not attend the program.  With the opportunity provided by additional health human resources from FEU-NRMF, the officers of the health club decided to organize a health club solely for Barangay Narra.

The Barangay Narra Health Club aims to achieve control of and prevention of complications of diabetes and hypertension.   Every second Thursday of the month, members of the club avail of free medical consultation, participate in health education activities and receive free medications.  The event is organized by the club officers, with the meals, supplies and medicines provided by the barangay and city health office and medical consultations done by FEU-NRMF junior medical interns.  Capacity-building activities are also being done with the club officers so that they can manage the program successfully.

For the past eight months of the program, there was increasing attendance in the club day, good follow-up of members and improvement in the control of hypertension and diabetes among the members.

The Barangay Narra and FEU-NRMF partnership highlights the importance of community participation, government commitment and social accountability to achieve health development.

Won 1st Place in the Best Practices in Community-Academe Partnerships,  Philippine Academic Society of Community Medicine (PASCOM)