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Training of local health managers: process of identification of strategic actions

In Brazil, in recent years, as a result of the increasing participation of county authorities in health care, a need for tools which would contribute to the better preparation of local administrators, complementary to the activities of a more academic nature, has been recognized. One of the possible alternatives is the exploitation of experiences, regarded as successful, in local health care planning and administration, by using them as material for "case studies" in activities with selected groups of health care administrators thus, stimulating the identification of those elements which contributed to the favorable results attained, and their interactions, in the quest for analogies which would facilitate the identification of new perspectives for their own situations. In this article an experience of a "case studies" development, in response to a demand from UNICEF, based on 8 counties in from the North and Northeast, which were successful in using a "focus approach" in their organization of data and their utilisation in a seminar with 21 local managers from both regions, is presented. During the seminar the local health managers attained greater knowledge of the strategies implemented and identified feasible intervention alternatives. The methodological proposition of teaching on the basis of case studies, using a conceptual strategy of grouping experiences according to specific dimensions enabled local health managers to learn from their practical experiences.

Health services administration; Local health systems; Local strategies

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