Collaboration for Health Equity through Education and Research (CHEER)
CHEER is a collaboration of academics involved in community-based education, from each of the 8 Health Science faculties in the country. It has been funded by the MRC to develop a research programme around the issue of “Educational Strategies to Improve the Supply and Retention of Medical Practitioners in Rural and Underserved Areas in South Africa”. The CE unit has developed two proposals which have been accepted at the Senate Research Committee and an outcome of these research projects is publications which will be published in peer review journals. The two research projects are entitled:
- An exploration of communities’ views, attitudes and recommendations on community-based education of undergraduate health sciences student
- The impact of Collaborative Interprofessional Education and Practice on developing socially responsible graduates who are well equipped to practice in rural and underserved areas
These research projects will provide an insight into the development of partnerships and the impact of interprofessional community based education initiatives on the development of socially responsible graduates.