The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) chairman Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza and Capability Building Committee chairman Dr. Unity H. Cortez attended the recently held Department of Health (DOH) 16th National health Research Forum for Action (NHRFA) last September 16, 2016 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City with the theme, "Laying the Foundation for Stronger Research Translation", together with different individuals involve in health research.

The forum focused on two key themes, namely, Knowledge Translation and Mining and Visualization of Data as means to facilitate transfer of knowledge gained from public health and health system researches.

The DOH-NHRFA has been working to emphasize and strengthen the translation and use of research and evidence, as well as improve discourse on health research and policy development.

The NHRFA is annual event which started in the year 2000 and serves as an avenue to gather, present and discuss the latest evidences in health systems research. It is the goal of the forum to direct the translation of evidences into definitive actions for a better health system. It is attended by policy-makers and implementers, including stakeholders in the government sector, academe, private sector, development partners and civil society.

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