APA Delegation to Participate in Conference in Saudi Arabia
APA’s Office on AIDS and Office of International Affairs jointly organized a delegation of senior-level research scientists to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate as presenters in a conference entitled Medical Research Day 2011: Toward an Evidence-Based Health Care. This one-day conference is scheduled for June 1, 2011 and sponsored by Jazan University’s Faculty of Medicine, a leading Saudi medical school located in the Southwestern part of Saudi Arabia, near the Yemeni border. The overall objectives of the conference are:
To share research outcomes in the areas of health, public health and health behavior;
To exchange ideas about potential areas of collaboration across various disciplines involved in health research and practice; and
To build the capacity of Jazan University faculty and students to conduct state-of-the-science research and practice in the areas of health, public health and health behavior.
Participation in the one-day conference is part of a larger collaboration between APA and the Jazan University’s Faculty of Medicine to build the capacity to conduct high-quality behavioral and social science research in the areas of health and mental health that are relevant to the citizens of the Jazan region, which has high rates of morbidity, mortality, and low health care coverage compared to other regions of the country. More specifically, Jazan University is interested in working with APA to develop:
A combination of “internet-and-in-person-based” training and consultation programs that will improve the Faculty of Medicine’s capacity to train medical students about evidence-based practice in behavioral medicine and “state-of-the-science” approaches to conducting behavioral and social science research.
A four to eight week summer fellowship program to be coordinated by APA. The proposed program would place advanced medical students and faculty from Jazan University at US-based universities where they can receive training about evidence-based practice in behavioral medicine and “state-of-the-science” approaches to conducting behavioral and social science research.