MP Community Health Fellowship Programme
The Madhya Pradesh Community Health Fellowship Programme is an innovative educational programme in public health. It is an alternative, practitioner – oriented, Masters level programme with conceptual and theoretical inputs along with adequate experiencial learning.
The programme will take a batch of 20 young professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, for a two year period, to learn and work at a sub-district and district level, in order to strengthen the public health system from below by building community capacity for health and for effective participation in the health system utilizing mechanisms available under the National Rural Health Mission and other schemes. The fellows will be based in civil society with NGOs working with communities and with field staff from the health system. A support system with a small office in Bhopal, and a network of field NGOs working in health and development, field mentors, supportive academic and resource institutions will be established.
Since its inception in 1984, the CHC team has provided space, support, peer encouragement, vocational guidance and facilitation of self-study to young professionals in community health. CHC formalised its placement experience through a Community Health Fellowship Scheme (CHFS) for young professionals to promote careers in community health and public health. The scheme was flexible and responsive, helping people over 6-12 month placements to shift from being institution based to move towards supporting community health action, within a societal context. The second phase of the same programme called Community Health Learning Programme (CHLP) is currently facilitated by CHC. The Madhya Pradesh Community Health Fellowship Programme hopes to build on these initiatives.