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Designing for Impact; Interview with Dr Wanapa Sritanyarat, Khon Kaen University

Designing for Impact; Julian Fisher (JF) interview with Dr Wanapa Sritanyarat (WS), Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

JF:  What were the key success factors with regard to securing professional commitment for reform toward the goal of health promotion in Thailand?


The visions (HP is better than cure; HP is empowerment) and commitment of the key actors (among 21 universities/colleges) and strategic partners (eg. Thai Nursing Council, TNC) from Phase I and Phase II.  

The holistic nature of nursing services and practices (Integration of health promotion & prevention, care & cure, and rehabilitation): Shifting focus towards HP provides opportunities to expand and strengthen the roles of nurses in all areas/practice settings.  


JF:  How have partnerships empowered leadership in promoting health for societies, especially at the organizational and professional levels


Partnerships in making Routine to HP Research & Innovations: the partnerships among academic institutes, practice settings, together with HPNN teams committed to integrate HP into their own routine works through research and innovation projects (Health Promoting Organizations or Healthy Faculty; HP Teaching and learning; HP Academic services to serve the communities of practice settings).

Knowledge & Innovation sharing (KM) had been conducted among HPNN networks at the organizational and national/ professional levels as the means to empower leadership for HP at all levels.


JF; What has been the impact and outcomes in terms of HPNN strategy to create of health promoting societies? has this approach enabled effective supervisory and service linkages between health professionals, mid-level providers and community health workforce (including community leaders/ key actors?)?


The 4 HPNN strategies included: S-1) Creating body of knowledge & innovation; S-2) Creating nurses; S-3) Creating and empowering networking; and S-4) Creating/ building HP (Healthy) policies. (HPNN conceptual Framework)

The outcomes were: 1) HP competency of graduated nurses; HP Nursing education (eg., Curriculum, Teaching-Learning); 2) Healthy workplaces (academic organizations & practice settings); 3) Healthy communities (target population of all age groups in the practice settings); 4) HP teaching-learning resources (books, journals, CDs, ect.); 5) HP Policy recommendations (Nursing education for HP, Healthy organizations/faculties, Hiring for retired faculties, HP Child care center, and Disaster nursing).  

The impacts of the HPNN plan: 1) Partnership/Networking organizations become HP learning centers for best practice models; 2) Strengthening the leadership/partnership among key actors/parties within and across organizations/professions); 3) The meaningful routine towards HP.  



JF:  How has the HPNN strategy for knowledge innovation and translation been realised though Databases /Knowledge/Research reports related to health promotion?


Knowledge management (KM) strategy has been used throughout the HPNN action plan. Knowledge & Innovation show and share forums had been conducted at the organizational and national levels.  Using story telling techniques, the HPNN success stories have been shared or transferred from the story makers to the learners in persons and in groups, as well as by KM booklet, HPNN research and innovation projects published in the selected Thai nursing journals. (Website: and

The HPNN teams had tried to develop the HP research and innovation databases and websites. However, we did not success in keeping them sustainable due to the availability of the IT staffs and discontinuation of the supports from Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth). However, some of the databases have been transferred to the databases of the new office of ThaiHealth (Website:   


JF:  Has HPNN identified financially sustainable examples of best practice for knowledge innovation and translation?


It is expected that when HPNN innovations and best practices have been integrated into the new routine works of the key stakeholder/partner institutes, financial supports will be continued and sustained

The funding focus of the ThaiHealth has shifted from “academic organization based” to “society based” projects. The idea of “empowering ourselves before empowering others”, has been transformed to “the time to serve for a better society of all.  

An example of the working group on child care center best practice has received financial supports from the ThaiHealth in order to transfer/ translate their knowledge to broader communities in Thailand. Another project has also in a developing stage.