Health risk mentorship program for community journalists

BY VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO

DAGUPAN CITY – The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) is set to train community media practitioners and government information officers in a health risk project called Communicating Health Advocacy Mentorship Program or CHAMP.
Sarah Jayme, GARC senior veterinary manager, said the CHAMP generally aims to enhance the capacity of community journalists in their reportage and knowledge on health risks such as rabies using multi- media platforms.
The mentorship program will comprise of lectures and practical exercises that will use both face to face and on- line discussions. The program will run for two months starting January 22 until March 13, said Jayme.
To qualify, an applicant must be employed by government or private media (print and broadcast) or public communication institutions provided that he has an established linkage with the regional or provincial implementers of the Rabies Prevention and Control Program .
An applicant should be computer literate and has basic knowledge on the use of digital media.
Organizers have arranged for all participants to be accommodated at the Development Academy of the Philippines Training Center in Tagaytay City.
The CHAMP is a model being piloted by GARC with a potential of reaching various stakeholders. Facilitators of the mentorship program are from highly-deemed academic and research institutions.
Interested community media and government information officers may contact Ms. Dane Medina at telefax number (049) 508-3998. (MCA/VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)

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