Community forum series

When individuals are given the opportunity to become active agents in their health, this leads to improved health outcomes and helps achieve universal health coverage. Self-care has the potential to transform healthcare and enable people to take the power of their health into their own hands – if funding, policy, regulatory and other barriers are addressed to create a more enabling environment for self-care. 

In order to ensure that these barriers and solutions are identified, the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) is hosting a community forum series: four interactive dialogues held virtually over the next year focusing on the needs and wants of those engaging in self-care, ensuring that self-care interventions and behaviors are people-centered and community-owned, and elevating the voices of our consumers. 

At the conclusion of the series, SCTG partners will use the global asks that came out of this forum to develop a policy brief with recommendations to policymakers, funders, and the global community on how to integrate self-care in UHC policies and guidelines and help advance self-care advocacy objectives. 

Register for a forum below!

Upcoming Community Forums

Advocating for Gender Rights Through Self-Care for UHC

WHAT? SCTG’s Community Forum Series: Advocating for Gender Rights Through Self-Care for UHC asks women, trans, and non-binary advocates to share their perspectives on how self-care can support them in accessing health services

WHO?  Our forum is for women, transgender people, and non-binary people who are committed to advocating for gender rights within the health system. We are looking for participants who are willing to engage in dialogues about their self-care needs and share thoughts on what health systems can do to make self-care easier to access and use.

WHEN? Thursday, 9 December 14:00-16:00 UTC

Interested in participating or partnering with us? Let us know by emailing [email protected]

a focus on the private sector

In Q1 2021, our third forum in the series will focus on the barriers and opportunities that exist within the private sector as they strive to integrate self-care into the healthcare system. 

Interested in participating or partnering with us? Let us know!


Supporting youth through Self-care

On April 7th, 2021, the SCTG sought out the guidance from young people  to find solutions to improve youth’s access to self-care approaches and products. Through our very first community forum, hosted by youth leaders from IYAFP, Population Services International’s flagship adolescent contraceptive program A360, and Y-ACT, the SCTG convened a group of more than 50 young people to seek guidance on how best to tailor self-care approaches to young people, hear the challenges they face, and identify ways to reach young people. 

Explore our youth advocates and leaders’ recommendations and lessons learned through the follow-up Q&A podcast and wrap-up report linked below. 


The Future of Work

With overarching commitments to flexibility in our work, and greater wellbeing for our employees, we want to ensure PSI is positioned for success with a global and holistic view of talent. Under our new “work from (almost) anywhere,” or “WFAA” philosophy, we are making the necessary investments to be an employer of record in more than half of U.S. states, and consider the U.S. as one single labor market for salary purposes. Globally, we recognize the need to compete for talent everywhere; we maintain a talent center in Nairobi and a mini-hub in Abidjan. PSI also already works with our Dutch-based European partner, PSI Europe, and we’re creating a virtual talent center in the UK.


Meaningful Youth Engagement

PSI is firmly committed to the meaningful engagement of young people in our work. As signatories of the Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Adolescent & Youth Engagement, PSI affirms that young people have a fundamental right to actively and meaningfully engage in all matters that affect their lives. PSI’s commitments aim to serve and partner with diverse young people from 10-24 years, and we have prioritized ethics and integrity in our approach. Read more about our commitments to the three core principles of respect, justice and Do No Harm in the Commitment to Ethics in Youth-Powered Design. And read more about how we are bringing our words to action in our ICPD+25 commitment, Elevating Youth Voices, Building Youth Skills for Health Design.


Zero Tolerance for Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

PSI works to ensure that its operations and supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. Read more about this commitment in our policy statement, endorsed by the PSI Board of Directors.



Since 2017, PSI has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, a commitment to align strategies and operations with universal principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Read about PSI’s commitment to the UN Global Compact here.


Environmental Sustainability

The health of PSI’s consumers is inextricably linked to the health of our planet. That’s why we’ve joined the Climate Accountability in Development as part of our commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Read about our commitment to environmental sustainability.


Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity

PSI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Read our full affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policy here.


Zero Tolerance for Discrimination and Harassment

PSI is committed to establishing and maintaining a work environment that fosters harmonious, productive working relationships and encourages mutual respect among team members. Read our policy against discrimination and harassment here.

PSI is committed to serving all health consumers with respect, and strives for the highest standards of ethical behavior. PSI is dedicated to complying with the letter and spirit of all laws, regulations and contractual obligations to which it is subject, and to ensuring that all funds with which it is entrusted are used to achieve maximum impact on its programs. PSI provides exceptionally strong financial, operational and program management systems to ensure rigorous internal controls are in place to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse and ensure compliance with the highest standards. Essential to this commitment is protecting the safety and well-being of our program consumers, including the most vulnerable, such as women and children. PSI maintains zero tolerance for child abuse, sexual abuse, or exploitative acts or threats by our employees, consultants, volunteers or anyone associated with the delivery of our programs and services, and takes seriously all complaints of misconduct brought to our attention.


Diversity and Inclusion

PSI affirms its commitment to diversity and believes that when people feel respected and included they can be more honest, collaborative and successful. We believe that everyone deserves respect and equal treatment regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background or religious beliefs. Read our commitment to diversity and inclusion here. Plus, we’ve signed the CREED Pledge for Racial and Ethnic Equity. Learn more.


Gender Equality

PSI affirms gender equality is a universal human right and the achievement of it is essential to PSI’s mission. Read about our commitment to gender equality here.


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