Enhancing Interprofessional Collaboration and Learning for Strengthening Primary Health Care



Community-Based Education for Health and Social Care Students
  • Student Selection Best Practices (Collaborating with WHO to support and guide the work of the WHO Global Health Workforce Network Education Hub in the selection of students).
  • How to keep Students Motivated in Supporting their (Rural) Communities, instead of moving away from their Communities?
  • Health Professional Student Education in the Field.
  • Students Involved in the Community.
  • Students and Curricula Development.
  • Online Learning in Health and Social Care Education for Students.
  • Quality Learning for Students in the New Normal.
  • Etc.
High-Quality Learning and Collaborations in the Health Workforce
  • Team Based Care that integrates a full range of Health Providers (including community based health workers, case workers….) into the Provision of Preventive and Care Health.
  • Health Education for and by Community Members.
  • Team Based Collaborations in Health (Online and In Person).
  • Community of Practice.
  • High Quality Learning in the New Normal for Health Care Practitioners.
  • Telehealth as a way to spread Primary Care (Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Wearables, ICT and other electronic supports).
  • Health Professional Practitioner Education in the Work Field.
  • Patient Education.
  • Etc.
What can we Learn from your Primary Health Care Practice and Experiences?
  • Access; including Language, Cultural Sensitivity, Geographic Access, Affordability, etc.
  • Equity in Primary Health Care.
  • Community Based Primary Care in Underserved Areas*
    * WHO initiative on contemporary practices and challenges in advancing inter-professional and social accountability of educational training institutions, including a particular focus on Rural and underserved areas. 
  • Lessons learned from the New Normal.
  • Innovations in Primary Health Care.
  • Projects That Work in the Work Field.
  • Etc.
Innovative Ways for Community Mobilization and Engagement of Stakeholders
  • Patient Centered Approach.
  • Social Support Network.
  • Patient and Family as Part of the Health Care Team.
  • Intersectoral Collaborations Beyond the Health Care Team: Economic Stability, Education, Neighborhood Environment, Social and Community Context including but not limited to Transport Teams, Food Providers, Cleaning Services, Lawyers, etc.
  • Community Empowerment
  • Working with Community Based/Civil Organizations
  • Etc.

The Network: Toward Unity For Health (TUFH) commits to drive communal interests by supporting local change agents toward the adoption and implementation of global policy recommendations. TUFH concentrates its efforts on practical tools and solutions that achieve action by local change networks.



For TUFH 2021 we will be accepting abstracts in International English.
There is a 250-word limit. The conference formats are chosen to encourage active participation by all conference attendees. The conference program will predominantly be based on contributions from the participants.


Abstract submission opens October 1st, 2020.
Submission Deadlines:
• Oral Presentations – February 28th, 2021 – March 31st, 2021 CLOSED

Oral Presentation TEMPLATE & GUIDELINES TUFH 2021 for presenters

TUFH Talks – February 28th, 2021 – March 14th, 2021 CLOSED
• Workshops – February 28th, 2021 – March 14th, 2021 CLOSED
• TUFH Documentaries – February 28th, 2021 – March 14th, 2021 CLOSED


You will need to create an account to submit and revise your abstracts.
You can use the same account as for TUFH 2020, if you submitted an abstract.

Abstracts may be submitted in the following formats:

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations allot 5 minutes to present your work with a poster for visual effect followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and conference participants. The moderator will invite participants to ask questions and to share experiences pertinent to themes brought up in the presentations. At the conference, contributors and participants will meet in groups of about 40 persons for two-hour sessions. 

The Network: Towards Unity For Health is very proud to host the 2 hour-long oral presentations and discussion where students and professionals can present their work using a poster for visual effect. Usually, the presenter has worked on this project for 1 or more years. They will present the timeline, agenda, goals, results, difficulties, implementation possibilities,… The discussion is guided by a moderator who will also facilitate future collaborations based on the projects that the presenter has presented. During the 2 hours thematic session the presenter will present and answer questions. The projects are on different topics and can be in different stages (research project, running project, concluded project, or study). The presenters of Oral Presentations are key to the Scientific value of the TUFH2021 conference. It’s their projects that attendees of the TUFH2021 conference come to learn about.

.Abstract submission open: October 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 2021.


Oral Presentation Poster Template and Guidelines 


Workshops are instructional sessions in which presenters teach and discuss particular skills and techniques. The session should accomplish specific learning objectives designed to provide participants with increased competence in some area of importance to the conference theme and goal. The session should include opportunities for practice and feedback. When this is not possible, the session should include a discussion of the covered skills applied in the participant’s settings. Workshops are 2 hours long. Workshops have an average of 20 participants.

Abstract submission open: October 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021.

TUFH Talks

TUFH Talks is a format, akin to a Ted Talk, where participants give short, powerful talks (3 minutes) that share projects, policies, collaborations, or initiatives in which health, education, or other sectors contribute to a healthier society. They are followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and participants.

The number of participants will be restricted to allow for adequate presentation and discussion time; those who are not selected for TUFH Talks will be considered for Oral Presentation sessions.

For an example of a Ted Talk, check out our own Art Kaufman!

Abstract submission open:  October 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021.

TUFH Documentary

A documentary should reflect your ability to use audiovisual equipment to communicate your topic’s significance. The documentary category will help you develop skills in using photographs, film, video, audio, computers, and graphic presentations. Your presentation should include primary source materials and also must be an original production. To produce a documentary, you must have access to equipment and be able to operate it.

Your documentary focus should be related to the local community and showcase local action. You must present and submit your documentary under one of the 4 subthemes of TUFH 2021.
Your documentary has to be a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes (including introductions and credits).
You must submit an abstract where you clearly describe what the documentary focus will be (deadline February 28th).
If your abstract is approved, you will have to upload your documentary to YouTube and send the link to secretariat@thenetworktufh.org by May 15th at the latest. Your documentary will undergo a review by the Scientific Committee to give final approval to present at TUFH 2021.

During the TUFH Documentary Session, each presenter will be allowed a maximum of 10 minutes where the documentary will be shown followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and conference participants. The moderator will invite participants to ask questions and to share experiences pertinent to themes brought up in the presentations. At the conference, contributors and participants will meet in groups of about 20 persons for a two-hour session. 

For an example, please view here.

Abstract submission open: October 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021 (for the abstract).
Video deadline: Submission by May 15th. 

Here is the step by step video for TUFH 2020 that will take you through the abstract submission. It will be the same for TUFH 2021.



Abstracts will be reviewed by members of a Review Committee. The following minimum criteria will be used:

  • Adherence to submission instructions
  • Relevance to the conference theme and goals
  • Potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion
  • Clarity of writing

Upon review, members of the Committee will assign one of the following results:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted in another format
  • Rejected

NOTE: Identities of authors will be concealed from the reviewers during the review process. There will not be a re-review process this year.


You will be informed of the status of your abstract by April 30th, 2021 at the latest.  Early abstract submitters may receive their status prior to this date.


Please be informed that all presenters must register and pay in full before the conference begins.


If you have an accepted abstract, you acknowledge and agree that The Network: TUFH, the organizing committee of this conference, and sponsors of this conference may edit and publish in any of their digital or printed communications or publications, including but not limited to, websites, social media outlets, newsletters, annual reports, and promotional materials;  the information provided including but not limited to the full abstract, your name, co-author information, pictures, and institutions.