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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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VELIZ GUTIERREZ, José A et al. The University Extension and Health Promotion in Primary Health Care. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.3, pp.84-92. ISSN 1561-3194.

ABSTRACT The university extension, due to its importance and complexity, must be in line with a strategic perspective and with its corresponding expression within the planning of Higher Medical Education and at the level of the institutions and their structures at the same time. Currently, the universalization of Higher Medical Education in Cuba is a reality, that is why it is necessary to create a strategy which reinforces primary health care by means of health promotion, the features of the medical university extension for and with the community. However; in practice such concept shows some barriers to bring it to fruition. Promotional and university sociocultural works indicate a marked dialectic relationship between the two dimensions: administrative and technological, which from the point of view of its comprehension and implementation make possible to perfect the university extension. The new paradigm is supported by an all-embracing concept of University Extension, that is consistently diversified into its application in practice and undertake as a formative, dynamic, comprehensive and multi-faceted process, which at the same time is endorsed by a system of formation, training, encouragement, communication and assurance to make this work more effective. Health promotion is the core of the university extension in Cuban Medical University, it contributes to increase the level of awareness and the capacity of action from the individual and collective point of view by means of its projects; having basic aspects such as: the university and the extra-university community, where the main health needs are identified

Palabras clave : universities; medical education; primary health care; national strategies.

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