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Community Contribution

Using an Online Community of Practice to Encourage Learning and Knowledge Exchange in Diverse Settings

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Authors
Sarah Harlan
Description

The University of North Carolina’s Global Learning Program (GLP) established a community of practice for mid-level health professionals in diverse settings, allowing them to share experiences through a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange forum. This was preceded by a two-year period of conventional online coursework that provided participants with foundational tools, resources, and instruction. This innovative approach—transitioning from coursework into a community of practice—shows the promise of using online communities to build capacity, connect health professionals across diverse settings, and encourage knowledge sharing with the ultimate goal of improving health programs.