Thanks to IHP for your noble efforts to keep the health systems research (HSR) community informed about what is going on with Health Systems Global, and the very funny post about the whole election process.
I am standing for the Board because I believe that (HSR) is at a turning point and a new society for health systems research can help build our currently rather scattered and diverse field into a professional community that is more cohesive and can have real impact.
I would like to see an equitable, transparent society that supports and represents the interests of health systems researchers everywhere, particularly those in low and middle income countries. In my view the society should be focused on the research community and its needs, but must maintain strong engagement with decision makers to ensure its relevance. It would be great to see much broader and more open consultation and discussion about the Society so that all of us within the community feel that we are part of it and can influence its direction.
It is great to see such a strong and diverse board candidates, from stalwarts in our field (Irene Agyepong and Anne Mills for example) to emerging voices such as Natalie Eggermont. I would encourage all society members to vote, and to vote for people who come from their region and are able to represent well their needs and issues. My faculty web page says more about who I am, but in short, I have worked in HSR my entire career, as a researcher, policy maker and research manager. Besides understanding HSR, I have extensive management and board experience, and am committed to making an impact on the ground and in particular contributing to the development of research capacity.
Sara Bennett PhD
Health Systems Program,
Department of International Health,
Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Johns Hopkins University
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