Public Health Ambassadors Program (PHAP) focuses on the fact that there are so many young people who are talented, motivated and committed to bringing about change within their communities. PHAU believes that if we can connect these young people to one another, empower and equip them with skills and to points of influence and opportunity, we can transform our communities through developing sustainable innovations that can positively promote better healthy livelihoods. PHAP is typically open to young people from years 18 to 30, regardless of their faith, background or ethnicity, who faces real challenges within their community and wants to bring about positive change.
The Public Health Ambassadors Program will enable young people to spend between six months to twelve months exploring public health needs and issues that they feel passionate about within their communities. PHAP is purposed to turn young people into advocates, activists, champions and change agents by empowering them with information and skills on Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Water, Hygiene and Management, Human Rights, Project Planning and Management, Evidence Based Advocacy, Communication, Social Entrepreneurship and Critical thinking using a problem-solving and learning environment. In addition to the above, they will also gain leadership skills, networking skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills and team work skills.
Those who take part in this program will use it as a platform to share their voices and experiences on public health issues; connect with passionate young people from across the country; and build sustainable networks to make a lasting impact in your community.
Young people are leading the public health movement, and PHAU is committed to building the skills and power of public health activists, advocates and change makers around the nation.
Objectives of the programme
- To empower young people to with appropriate information and skills to enable them impact positive change within their communities.
- To train, mentor and coach young people to aspire to reach their full potential within their career paths.
- To provide a platform where young people can share their voices, perspectives, stories and experiences related to issues on public health affecting their communities.
- To provide a platform where young people can get hands on and practical experience on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, WASH, Human Rights, Project Planning and Management, Advocacy, Communication and Social Entrepreneurship.
Public Health Ambassadors Program believes that in order to get great results you need to have a comprehensive approach to make change happen. Our journey begins with a selection process of the most promising and outstanding young people, regardless of their faith, background or ethnicity, who face real challenges within their community and wants to bring about positive change. Our selection process is purely based on merit and the type of public health needs or issues that these young people are going to be addressing within schools and communities.
After the selection process, young people are brought together to one month intensive centralized training using a module based approach. The program seeks to engage the young people in series of modules to inspire them, through thought-provoking student led discussions, presentations, inspirational and motivational talks on diverse social, economic and political issues affecting public health.
These modules will be delivered by high profile facilitators from the public and private domain cutting across the entire field/sector including advocates, activists, opinion leaders, social entrepreneurs, researchers, public health practitioners, religious leaders, academicians, consultants to mention but a few.
After the training, the certified ambassadors are attached to the different PHAU programs and projects such as Women’s Health Project, Girl’s Act, Ensonga Campaign, PITCH that address different public health issues within schools and communities hence getting diversity of field experience and exposure.
Each certified ambassador shares a weekly/monthly report with the program team detailing key activities they have been engaged with, achievements, challenges, recommendations and lessons learnt. Quarterly meetings are held with the certified ambassadors to share experiences and to provide feedback to the programs team regards to their field progress.
Why the Human Centered Design?
PHAP will resonate on the user design or design thinking known as the human centered design to develop innovative and creative interventions that address public health issues within communities.
There is no better way to understand young people you’re designing for than by immersing yourself in their lives and communities. The certified ambassadors will start by understanding the lives of the communities they’re designing for. This will involve field visits by the certified ambassadors interacting with the young people and masses within their schools and communities. Once they are there, they will take observations, take notes and record exactly what they see and hear, but also pay attention to details such as the cultural and religious aspects
The certified ambassadors will engage the communities through community led dialogues to get deep insights on some of the causes, barriers pertaining public health needs hence coming up with a bunch of ideas around a central theme.
The certified ambassadors will be engaged in brainstorming sessions to promote openness, to generate lots of ideas and to prize creativity and innovation over immediate feasibility. Brainstorming works best when the group is positive, optimistic, and focused on dreaming up as many ideas as possible.
Prototypes are tangible expressions of your ideas, and they can take an array of forms from models to storyboards to skits to physical mockups. The certified ambassadors will build idea in just enough resolution to test it, get feedback, and understand how to push things forward. Prototypes are meant only to convey an idea — not to be perfect. So build them so that you can quickly move through a variety of iterations, each time incorporating what you’ve learned from the people you’re designing for.