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Announcement of the Selection Process for the Community Health Learning Program (CHLP) in Bangalore. October 31, 2012

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The program is facilitated and managed by:

The SOCHARA School of Public Health, Equity and Action (SOPHEA), Bangalore

  • Are you a young professional from a civil society / NGO, academic or government service background, considering a challenging vocation in public health with a strong commitment to community health and development?
  • Are you planning to join or work with the public health system/ the National Rural Health Mission?
  • Are you planning to support and participate in activities, campaigns, movements and processes to make “Health for All” a reality?
  • Do you want to understand the social, economic, cultural and ecological determinants of health and gain skills and experience in inter-sectoral action for health?
  • Would you like to make public health/community health a life option?
  • Do you have the aptitude to study and gain critical knowledge regarding community health and public health?



The Community Health Learning Program (CHLP) is a teaching learning program in community health. It is run by SOPHEA at the Community Health Cell (CHC) in Bangalore. SOPHEA includes multidisciplinary team members from CHC and the Centre for Public Health and Equity (CPHE) with expertise in community health, public health education and health policy. It promotes a new public
health paradigm focused on health equity; social justice; underlying social determinants of health including gender; community participation; inclusive and responsive health systems and healthy public policy development.

The CHLP is partially supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), Mumbai and carries a monthly stipend of Rs. 8000/- (eight thousand only) per month for participants.

Vision and Objective

The vision of this Community Health Learning Program in Bangalore is to develop a critical mass of vibrant, optimistic, community health/ public health practitioners, scholars & Health for All activists.  The one year program has 6 months of theory taught in an interesting way through modules and 6 months of field based experiential learning. The program will:

  • Promote life options in community health by offering a semi structured learning by SOPHEA in partnership with selected community health projects and field mentors
  • Strengthen the motivation, interest, and commitment of persons for community health.
  • Sharpen analytical skills and deepen the understanding of the social paradigm of community health.
  • Increase knowledge base and competencies in community health.

What do you gain from the CHLP?
A learning experience in Community Health and the ‘communitisation’ components of the public health system through a person and learner centric approach

  • An opportunity to learn from various community health initiatives in the country
  • A time to share, discuss, reflect on your learning experiences
  • An opportunity to be guided by mentors and explore future careers in community or public health.

When does the program start ?             Monday, 3rd December, 2012

How long is the program ?                              One year

How many positions are available ?        Twenty (20)

Who can apply?
Doctors (any system of medicine),  Dentists, Nurses, Allied health professionals, Medico-social workers, Persons with Social Science, Management and Law backgrounds,

Other relevant backgrounds may also be considered. It is an inter-disciplinary program which adds to the richness of learning from diverse perspectives.

Doctors and dentists are eligible with a Bachelor’s degrees (i.e., five and a half years training), while for social science candidates a post-graduation is required with an interest to work long term in community health / public health.
Weightage will be given to candidates who are women, adivasi, or from minority or marginalized groups and or from remote disadvantaged regions and populations.

Persons from any part of India may apply.

In what language will it be conducted?    English
Additionally – basic computer literacy is helpful
(SOCHARA has a 2 year program in Hindi in Madhya Pradesh. Other initiatives are conducted in Kannada and Tamil)

How to apply?

  • Write to the Coordinator, CHLP, Community Health Cell, SOCHARA, Bangalore by post or email (details given below), with your CV and a brief note on why you wish to join the program.(not more than 500 words)
  • Provide the names of at least two references with their postal address, telephone numbers and email address.
  • If you are working with an NGO or with the government health system, send a letter of sponsorship if any.
  • Candidates deputed/sponsored by the government or by an NGO will be given preference (This is however not mandatory).

Please do write to us for any further queries

The last date for receipt of applications is: Monday 12th November 2012.
Interviews will be held in Bangalore in the following week. Applicants will need to attend the interview at their own cost.

The Coordinator
Community Health Cell,
No.85/2, 1st Main,
Maruthinagara, Madiwala,
Bangalore – 560 068
Phone : 080-25531518 / 25525372 / 8884399607

Email: chlp@sochara.org


National Workshop – Learning Programme for Community Health and Public Health October 7, 2010

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SOCHARA is organising a National Workshop on Community Health & Public Health Learning Programs in association with the PHRN (Public Health Resource Network) on 26th and 27th October 2010 in Pastoral Center Bhopal.

There has been an active process of engagement of  SOCHARA with the public health system co-creating spaces for community action for health and actively working with community based groups to populate and constructively & analytically utilize these spaces. This context has been reflected in the community health learning/fellowship programs in different ways. This workshop will be an occasion to share, exchange, learn and work together to improve and enhance our respective programs in the future.

The overall objectives of the workshop are

1. To share learnings regarding the Community Health Fellowship Programmes

2. To enable cross learning of processes and innovations of the different programmes

3. To explore possibilities of networking in community health training and work towards a SOCHARA civil society school of public health.

Background note for the workshop are follows

1 – Background note on CHLP

2 – Brief Note on the Fellowship Programme- PHRN

Please click on the link to find the directions to reach on the venue of National Workshop. The Pastoral  center is situated between 10 and 11 no Bus stops, near St. Joseph Co-ed School. While proceeding from 10 no. stop to 11 no. Bus stop, first left turn as mentioned in the link will lead toward pastoral Center.