first_imgPosted on December 21, 2017January 2, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)2017 was an exciting year for the global maternal health community. In reflecting back on this past year, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) compiled a list of 10 important milestones and developments in the global maternal health field.#10: Continued focus on ‘too little, too late and too much, too soon’The concept of “too little, too late and too much, too soon”—highlighted in The Lancet 2016 Maternal Health Series—continued to resonate in 2017. In May, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula garnered a conversation on social media, and the MHTF published a mini-series exploring the challenges, experiences and innovations related to obstetric fistula, a condition caused by inadequate care during obstructed or prolonged labor.Read [Part 1] Obstetric Fistula: A Global Maternal Health Challenge>>Read [Part 2] Obstetric Fistula: Women’s Voices>> Read [Part 3] Obstetric Fistula: Innovative Interventions and the Way Forward>>In contrast, several events addressed over-medicalization in maternity care, such as “Too Much Too Soon: Addressing Over-Intervention in Maternity Care,” part of the Advancing Dialogue in Maternal Health Series hosted by the Wilson Center, UNFPA and MHTF in April.Watch the webcast and download the presentation slides>>Read event highlights>>In July, a technical meeting co-convened by the Fistula Care Plus Project and the Maternal Health Task Force delved specifically into cesarean section safety and quality in low-resource settings.Download the meeting report and presentations>> Learn more about the global epidemic of cesarean sections>>#9: Increased attention to maternal health in humanitarian settingsHumanitarian crises present unique challenges to maternal and newborn health including inadequate access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health services, trauma, malnutrition, disease and gender-based violence.In May, the MHTF co-hosted a panel discussion as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series to draw attention to maternal health in urban humanitarian settings around the world.Humanitarian Response in Urban Settings: Meeting the Maternal and Newborn Health Needs of Displaced Persons>>The MHTF also published a mini-series titled, “Profiles of Maternal and Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings” highlighting what we can learn from several recent events.[Part 1] Ebola Virus Outbreak>>[Part 2] 2015 Nepal Earthquake>>[Part 3] Conflict in Syria>>#8: Measuring and advancing respectful maternity careIn July, the MHTF and Ariadne Labs co-hosted a special webinar, “Integrating Respectful Maternity Care Into Quality Improvement Initiatives,” featuring Rima Jolivet, Rose Molina, David Sando, Katherine Semrau and Saraswathi Vedam.Watch the video>>Download the presentation slides>>In October, Rima Jolivet, David Sando and several colleagues published a paper, “Methods used in prevalence studies of disrespect and abuse during facility based childbirth: Lessons learned,” offering several recommendations for future research on this topic.Read a summary of the paper on the MHTF blog>>Finally, the December 2017 issue of the MHTF Quarterly featured a short history of the respectful maternity care movement and key resources to learn more.Read the MHTF Quarterly>>#7: Supporting the global maternal health workforceAn effective maternal health workforce requires not only a sufficient number of health workers but also equitable geographic distribution, diversity in skill, adequate education and training and strong, supportive health systems. All of these components are critical to ensuring that health workers can provide high quality maternal health care.Access key resources related to the global maternal health workforce>> Read perspectives on this topic in the MHTF’s blog series>>In March, the MHTF attended the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. More than 375 people representing over 45 countries gathered to strategize on ways to advance sustainable development through community health and primary health care. Learn more on the MHTF blog:5 key takeaways from ICHC>>Community-Based Maternal Health Care: Meeting Women Where They Are>>The Legacy of the Alma-Ata Declaration: Integrating Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services Into Primary Care>>#6: Converging action towards ending preventable maternal mortalityFollowing the 2015 publication of “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM),” a direction-setting report outlining targets and strategies for reducing global maternal deaths under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there have been many efforts to clarify the global and national maternal mortality targets and to ensure that countries have the tools they need to track progress towards EPMM.Learn more about maternal mortality under the SDGs>>Read about the MHTF’s role in EPMM>>In April, the MHTF’s Maternal Health Technical Director Rima Jolivet and colleagues spoke at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Washington, D.C. about measuring progress towards EPMM. In July, Doris Chou of the World Health Organization and Rachel Snow of UNFPA continued the conversation on global maternal health measurement during a dialogue at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.This year, Every Woman Every Child released its first progress report on achieving the goals set out by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), which included a focus on EPMM and improving maternal health equity.#5: High quality maternal health care for allIn 2017, there was increased emphasis on ensuring that women worldwide have equitable access to high quality maternal health care. On the global level, the Countdown to 2030 Equity Technical Working Group published equity profiles illustrating coverage levels of effective interventions across the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition disaggregated by subnational region, wealth quintiles and urban/rural areas of residence from 81 countries.Download the country equity profiles>>In the United States, the media highlighted racial inequities in maternal health. Black women are still roughly three times more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes compared to white women in the United States, which is one of the drivers of its relatively high maternal mortality ratio.Learn about the Black Mamas Matter Alliance>>#4: New clinical guidelines and resourcesSeveral new guidelines were released in 2017 that aimed to improve maternal health outcomes and quality of care.Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors>>Implementing Malaria in Pregnancy Programs in the Context of World Health Organization Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a Positive Pregnancy Experience>>Recommendations for Misoprostol Use From the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)>>To increase access to critical maternal health research, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine​​​​​​​ and other contributors released a new free online course exploring key insights from The Lancet 2016 Maternal Health Series.The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence#3: Marking the 30th anniversary of the Safe Motherhood InitiativeIn December, experts in reproductive and maternal health gathered at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for two panel discussions celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative and reflecting on progress and future directions in the field. Panelists included Barbara Kwast, Ann Starrs, Betsy McCallon, Address Malata, Dorothy Lazaro, Mary-Ann Etiebet and Mary Ellen Stanton. Petra ten Hoope-Bender and Rima Jolivet moderated the dialogue and raised important questions.Watch the webcast and download the presentations>>Read event highlights>>#2: Greater focus on noncommunicable diseasesAs the world continues to undergo the “obstetric transition” from mostly direct causes of maternal mortality to more indirect causes, addressing the effects of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on maternal health is becoming increasingly urgent.On 2 November, the MHTF hosted a panel discussion at the Harvard T.H. Chan Leadership Studio to launch the fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Noncommunicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.”Read a summary>>Watch the video>>Browse papers from the MHTF-PLOS Collection>>Additionally, the September issue of the MHTF Quarterly newsletter highlighted resources related to NCDs and maternal health, and MHTF Director Ana Langer took part in Women Deliver’s three-part webinar series about diabetes in pregnancy. Watch the videos from this series:[Part 1] Examining the Evidence>>[Part 2] Strategies in Practice>>[Part 3] Fueling Action: Policy and Advocacy to Address the Rising Toll of Diabetes in Pregnancy>>#1: New drug for preventing postpartum hemorrhageIn May, The Lancet published groundbreaking findings from the WOMAN trial on the effectiveness of tranexamic acid in preventing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), one of the leading causes of global maternal deaths. Six months later, the World Health Organization updated its guidelines to include the use of tranexamic acid for prevention of PPH. Learn more from the WOMAN trial’s project director on the MHTF blog:Collaboration and Creative Communication: How the WOMAN Trial Findings Translated Into Maternal Health Policy Change>>The MHTF is looking forward to seeing more scientific breakthroughs and innovations from the global maternal health community in 2018 as we work together to end preventable maternal deaths and advance maternal health worldwide.—What were your 2017 highlights from the global maternal health community? What do you hope to see in 2018? Tell us what you think!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img

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first_imgGlassdoor has a new look, and a new brand compass guiding it forward to help everyone find a job that fits their life. With a renewed focus on users, Glassdoor is notably more modern, clean and purposeful.At the front of the redesign is a new logo, featuring a jewel-toned green door-shape. A new color palette, font, brand attributes, voice & tone definition and impactful product refresh round out the biggest redesign in Glassdoor’s nearly 9-year history. A rewiring of this magnitude required teams at all levels working in close collaboration, as the new look and feel touched every aspect of the business.Enter Marisa Lehnert, Glassdoor’s Creative Director, and Neil Campbell, Director of User Experience for Glassdoor Product, working side-by-side, charged with the brand and product refresh. The two led a cross-functional team creating a new brand identity while reimagining Glassdoor’s global digital products — shaping the way the world views jobs and recruiting.The three of us caught up during the final days before the refresh went live to talk about the design process and what they hope job seekers and employers will love about the new Glassdoor.Amy Elisa Jackson: You’ve spent the last 7 or 8 months reimagining one of the world’s largest and fast-growing jobs’ sites. And you did it. How does it feel?Marisa Lehnert: Exciting! This is why I came to Glassdoor. I wanted to come here to help tell a more beautiful brand story and we did. That was actually in my pitch during my interview with CMO Moody [Glasgow]. Amy Elisa: That was about a year and a half ago?Marisa: Yep. Moody wanted to show more of a human component to the job search and show more personality to the brand.Amy Elisa: Some people might say this looks like a whole new site. A rebrand, if you will. But you insist it’s a refresh. Why?Neil Campbell: It’s a fresh coat of paint on the house instead of full tear-down/rebuild. We have a pretty solid foundation and this is the first step in a renovation. New windows, and dare I say doors, are on order and the architectural plans are already being drafted for future improvements.Marisa: Refresh, yes. There are some sacred cows we just wouldn’t touch, like our connection to the color green…Amy Elisa: Sacred cow? What’s that?Marisa: It’s a Marisa-ism.Neil: After working with her all these months, I understand what it means.Amy Elisa: Ah okay.Neil: From the product side, and perhaps in CEO Robert Hohman’s mind, the pivotal moment was getting to see the brand attributes come to life in a way that we could start to visualize the impact a refresh could have on the product itself. It gave us a focal point to build a meaningful experience that really inspires people. Marisa: At the same time, Robert wanted to “take our homepage back,” which was his way of saying that when people come to Glassdoor they should know it’s Glassdoor and we should have a dynamic presence.Amy Elisa: Talk to me about the timeline of this process. When did you get the green light?Marisa: Exploring what a refresh could look like started in August. I stood in front of the executive team presenting three different looks and feels for what the brand could be in October. When they saw the very abstract concept of our app icon and what that can look like companywide, Robert and co-founder Tim Besse got really excited and saw the potential. That’s when I got the okay to just go for it. Product design got the go ahead then to start iterating on the homepage, and we were looking at fleshed out designs in December.Amy Elisa: Marisa, your creative design team is 4 people total. How did you all pull this off?Marisa: We had to be scrappy and fully transparent internally. 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Our craft demands this and I’m proud of how well the team adapted to change and shifting requirements.Marisa: We had to hone in on the important stakeholders and refine that throughout the process. It’s super important to have a great environment for criticism so that required all of us to think outside the box and not have ego about our designs.Amy Elisa: I’m sure everyone had an opinion about the homepage redesign. Did the process ever feel like a game of ping-pong, just bouncing ideas back and forth?Marisa: We did all that competitive research too where we just looked at every search homepage imaginable. Anyone with a search bar on a homepage we print it out and look at it and dissected it. Then we went back to our brand attributes and what our users wanted. Focus groups helped us with that, and the feedback was loud and clear.Amy Elisa: Why change the green to a jewel-toned emerald?Marisa: That was a big discussion. We liked the fact that the color evoked a sense of “go”, as well as emerald tones in general, are just a sign of optimism and opportunity. It felt positive, on trend.Amy Elisa: From a product design perspective, were you excited about the new Glassdoor green? The old color wasn’t ADA compliant and looked different on various screens.Neil: What excited me, even more, was the brand identity that was wrapped up in the color. It wasn’t until we got deep into the weeds and started extracting elements of the work that Marisa and team had started. Seeing all of this juxtaposed, old vs new, we realized, “Wow, the old color is very different.” The opportunities became very clear seeing these two color systems side by side as they were doing the investigation work. The entire product organization saw that there was a lot of opportunities to modernize the entire color system across the product.Marisa: I remember that “a-ha moment” when we were all in a room and we showed a quick preview of the new logo and identity that I have made in the nav and it was like, “Whoa.” Everyone got excited.Amy Elisa: And that a-ha moment is what we hope job seekers and customers will have.Marisa: Globally, it’s going to be nuts. Rolling this out internationally is huge and we’re excited to see how people are going to respond. That is a huge risk to take, but change is good. Change is not scary. Change is a positive thing and it’s going to put us in a better place.Neil: One of the biggest wins for the product design piece of this is when we moved from just simply changing our physical logo to wanting to come up with product expressions of our updated value propositions. Once we started to move into that phase, there were a whole lot of opportunity to recreate our systems; colors, font, spacing, padding, margins, etc.. The vision for our execution was a complete up-tick in the usability, legibility, modernization and overall aesthetic of the site.Amy Elisa: You mentioned risk and how risky this endeavor was especially for you, Marisa, who led the charge even as a new hire. You’re like Mel Gibson in Braveheart.Marisa: I will wear war paint during our All Hands meeting.Amy Elisa: You should! You led the troops all across the org. All those sleepless nights, and I’m sure you had nightmares.Marisa: I have seen the door-shape logo decapitating me slowly.Neil: The momentum Marisa was able to create around getting people excited about the brand again and what it could be…We took that spirit and we injected that into the site redesign and said, “Okay we’re going to put a new face on this company and it’s gonna be sexy!”Marisa: We had long, extensive conversations about who we wanted to be and what our users wanted from us. Then we honed in on our core brand attributes that get to the heart of Glassdoor of helping and empowering people with authentic and trusted insights. Once we had those, they became the glasses through which we saw everything through. That’s the core of how we led the entire company towards this refresh.Amy Elisa: Lessons learned? What did this process teach you, professionally?Marisa: Patience. 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first_imgArsenal have been encouraged in their pursuit of AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held talks with ASM about the youngster.L’Equipe says the Gunners are currently front-runners ahead of Juventus in the battle to secure his services.Wenger is a known admirer of the £30 million-rated winger, who scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists last season.And it’s emerged Lemar is reluctant to sign a contract extension with Monaco.last_img

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