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Indohun 2018

Indonesia One Health University Network

INDOHUN

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HEALTH COMMUNICATION TRAINING FOR STUDENTS AND LECTURERS

According to the government daily situation reports on the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, more than one million people were identified as infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, resulting in over forty-thousand deaths as of April 2021 (Government of Indonesia, Indonesia COVID-19 Distribution Map, covid19.go.id, April 4, 2021). To contain the pandemic and protect the citizens from further transmission, the government issued various regulations and guidelines. The first regulation, issued on March 31, 2020, required the closure of schools, many workplaces, banned mass gatherings, socio-cultural activities, among other restrictions. The regulation was then modified on February 9, 2021, to mandate  working, learning, worship, and other daily activities from home.

 

With limited movement of people, online communication has become crucial for delivering health and risk communication messages to the public. The challenge to reach different kinds of audiences that vary in their level of knowledge regarding how to protect themselves, and in their ability to understand how old habits and other behavior could cause more infections has driven INDOHUN to train health influencers.

 

Health Influencers are those who have the reputation, knowledge, and expertise to responsibly guide and encourage people to follow safe practices in this time. One potential type of health influencer, university lecturers, can produce social media posts regarding best practices based on research. However, many lecturers are not likely to have laymen terminology, concepts of digital communication and the understanding of audiences’ socio-cultural background and local wisdom.

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To narrow this gap, INDOHUN with the support from the USAID One Health Workforce Next Generation and the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Higher Education, conducted three batches of health communication training. This training aimed to enhance the lecturers’ digital communication skills in constructing scientific yet audience-friendly digital communication materials on health, particularly to effectively communicate pandemic-relevant information to online audiences based on their local wisdom. The two-day online training offered additional tools to the participants who are already active on social media yet have no formal communication training. Knowing audiences and their socio-cultural background better to be able to share a targeted message is particularly relevant for social media platforms. INDOHUN demonstrated effective and good communication between the trainer, facilitator, moderator, and the participants by using the blended learning method combining one-way presentation, active discussion, role play, and workshop experiences around making good communication materials.

 

This online training gained lot of positive feedback on the delivery and content. As one participants stated in the training evaluation feedback form, “This training provides new knowledge for us who do not have a background in communication to be able to make better public service messages. [It showed] How does the message made by us deliver to the recipient without any change in meaning due to false interpretation.”  With this training, INDOHUN is paving the way for more health influencers to reach the public on risk-awareness and prevention.

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About INDOHUN

The Indonesia One Health University Network (also known as INDOHUN) was established in January 2012, as a platform where leading academics, stakeholders, scientists, communities and professionals in Indonesia could transcend provincial and national borders to work together in achieving the best health for everyone. We focus on fostering One Health collaboration in Indonesia. We recognize that the health of people is intrinsically connected to the health of animals and the environment. To face future global health challenges, we must understand that humans, animals and the environment are interconnected. We must work across sectors, join efforts and establish multi-disciplinary collaborations among physicians, veterinarians, ecologists and other professionals. That is, in essence, what we call the One Health approach.

LESS ME MORE WE

We believe that we can accomplish more amazing things by doing the work in collaboration. By building our collaboration capacity, we will achieve a future where global health challenges can be solved together. Less me, more we defines the values of teamwork that apply in INDOHUN. It’s a straightforward, aspirational call to action that inspires how we interact with everyone.

INDOHUN faculties and university members around the country

INDOHUN has 34 faculties, from 20 university members, five One Health collaborating centers and 12 laboratory network members to engage academics, stakeholders, scientists, communities and professionals to work together in addressing regional and global health issues.

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Indohun 2018

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  • Syiah Kuala University (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • University of North Sumatra (Faculty of Public Health)

  • Andalas University (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Sriwijaya University (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Public Health)

  • University of Indonesia* (Faculty of Public Health*, Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Nursing)

  • Muhammadiyah Hamka University (Faculty of Health Sciences)

  • Bogor Agriculture University* (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Padjajaran University (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Diponegoro University (Faculty of Public Health)

  • Gadjah mada University* (Faculty of Medicine* and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine*)

  • Airlagga University (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, and Faculty of  Veterinary Medicine)

  • Brawijaya University (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Mulawarman (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Public Health)

  • Udayana University (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Mataram University (Faculty of Medicine)

  • University of West Nusa Tenggara (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Nusa Cendana University (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Hasanuddin University (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, and Department of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Sam Ratulangi University (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Public Health)

  • Cendrawasih University (Faculty of Public Health)

* Founding Universities and Faculties

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