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Coaching Health Workers to Maximize Performance

by |August 1st, 2014

Health workers strive to achieve high performance in the same way professionals do in many fields – gain knowledge through study and refine skills through practice. Ongoing coaching is also often needed to achieve peak performance. Most health systems, however, deploy health workers to the field with little further mentorship to help them hone their… read more

Secondary school participants discussing and writing their reflections.

The Curiosity of Youth and Innovative Teaching Methods- a Discussion at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), India

by |April 2nd, 2014

Earlier this month Professor Judith Parker was invited to the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) in Bhopal, India. IASE is in charge of the professional development of teachers from secondary school on and includes awarding degrees such as Bachelors, Masters and Diplomas to potential school teachers. The morning of Professor Parker’s visit started… read more

Launch of the On-Site Coaching Pilot with members from the Mahbubnagar District administration, SVS Medical and Nursing College, and the Earth Institute/Columbia Global Center team (November, 2013).

Can Coaching Health Workers Improve the Performance of Health Systems?

by |March 17th, 2014

Co-Author: Shubhra Kumar, Research Associate at Columbia Global Center South Asia In a 2011 article in the New Yorker, surgeon and writer Atul Gawande explored the idea of having coaches, such as in sports and singing, for other professionals including teachers and doctors. Different than managing or simply teaching, coaching combines judgment, guidance, and accompaniment… read more

Brahmaputra River from the banks in Guwahati

A Contemporary Threat to the “Gateway to the East”: Managing Climate and Disaster Risk for India’s City of Guwahati

by |August 28th, 2013

By Justin Fung It has been said that during conflicts in the 17th century, the Kingdom of Assam — whose multi-ethnic citizens co-existed in harmony for over six hundred years — defended the eastern border city of Saraighat from the aggressive advances of the Mughal Empire on no less than sixteen different occasions.  As war… read more