Project Title

APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health Colloquium 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 13 2017A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 13 2017A 

Project Title

APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health Colloquium 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Health and Emergency Preparedness 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

28,000 

Co-funding Amount

134,039 

Total Project Value

162,039 

Sponsoring Forum

Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF) 

Topics

Life Sciences 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Canada 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Dr Raymond W Lam 

Job Title 1

Executive Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health 

Organization 1

University of British Columbia 

Postal Address 1

Detwiller Pavilion Rm 2C7, 2255 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1, Canada 

Telephone 1

1-604 8227325 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

r.lam@ubc.ca 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Dr Raymond W Lam 

Project Summary

APEC Economic Leaders and Ministers have identified mental wellness as a driver of sustainable economic growth and cross-border trade, calling for continued implementation of the APEC Road map to Promote Mental Wellness through 2020. The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health (“Digital Hub”) serves as a focal point of the region’s collective efforts, tasked with facilitating best practice interventions and the formation of new partnerships aligned with member economies’ identified needs. This project leverages the Digital Hub’s core partners and resources to convene a Colloquium alongside the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting this August in HCMC, Viet Nam. Called for in the Roadmap and HLM Declarations, the Colloquium will feature two half-day components: (A) a train-the-trainer session for developing member economies to support the scale-up of Digital Hub initiatives and (B) a dialogue session to assess the Digital Hub’s committee activities, their outputs, and present new partnership opportunities for leading organizations.

Relevance

Mental illnesses place a significant burden on the sustainability of economic growth and the facilitation of cross-border trade. This burden is magnified by the effects of economic change, natural disasters, and aging populations. For every APEC economy, mental illnesses are a leading cause of disability, with economic and social costs that impede development goals and threaten the wellness of workers across every sector and skill level. For this reason, APEC Economic Leaders recognized the importance of mental wellness in 2014 and APEC Ministers called for implementation of the APEC Roadmap to Promote Mental Wellness through 2020 (“Roadmap”), including establishment of an APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health (“Digital Hub”) to facilitate the exchange of best practices and the formation/scale of partnerships.

In 2015-2016, following the APEC Roundtable on Mental Health convened by the Philippines, the region’s member economies completed a strategic needs assessment to inform the Digital Hub’s seven focus areas:

1) workplace mental health,
2) data collection and standardization,
3) integration with primary care and in community-based settings,
4) disaster resilience and trauma,
5) vulnerable populations and youth,
6) indigenous community mental health, and
7) advocacy/awareness building (stigma reduction). 

With these priorities identified and the Digital Hub’s online platform operational, committees established for each focus area are preparing to advance the Roadmap’s 2020 commitments. This project will yield two sustained benefits for the APEC region by: (1) offering a “train-the-trainer” capacity-building session to strategic organizations within developing member economies that are ready to implement new and/or scale existing collaborations based on identified best practices across APEC’s seven focus areas, and (2) convening additional leading organizations to serve as knowledge and resource partners in the Digital Hub. 

The project falls under three Rank 1 APEC Funding Criteria:

1) Human Development: This project supports implementation provisions of the APEC Strategic Plan on Capacity Building to Promote Trade and Investment, including integrated and multi-faceted capacity-building based on demonstrated needs and mobilizing external resources to facilitate human development. The train-the-trainer session supports skills development aligned with regional education and training needs.

2) Services Trade: This project supports implementation of the APEC Services Cooperation Framework, including the utilization of ICT to promote the dissemination of healthcare services.

3) Trade and Investment Facilitation and Liberalization, including PPPs: The project facilitates the development of new / scale-up of world class public-private partnerships designed to strengthen mental wellness as a identified driver of sustainable economic growth, particularly for developing member economies. Trade and investment facilitation efforts require the maintenance of sustainable economic growth and a productive workforce through mentally healthy populations.

The project is also linked to six Rank 2 APEC Funding Criteria, touching key areas of inclusive, sustainable, secure, and innovative growth. These include issues related to economic disparities helping member economies participate in regional trade, activities related to addressing the social dimensions of globalization, building resilient and sustainable communities, expanded empowerment of women in member economies, health and health systems including Healthy Asia-Pacific 2020 (which directly calls for Roadmap implementation), and innovation policy and research cooperation. The project directly supports the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth.

Objectives

This project advances implementation of the APEC Roadmap to Promote Mental Wellness through 2020 among interested APEC member economies and stakeholders, as called for by APEC Economic Leaders and Ministers, by bringing together leading government, industry, and academic stakeholders to:

1) build the capacity of new collaborations and support the scale-up of existing partnerships using a train-the-trainer approach;

2) establish further linkages between APEC’s work to strengthen mental wellness with other regional health priorities, such as aging and addressing the threat of infectious and chronic diseases;

3) dialogue on the Digital Hub’s committee activities and partnership opportunities, facilitating new connections between core partners and other leading public and private sector organizations; and

4) launch initial Digital Hub outputs for uptake by economies, including in workplace mental health.

Alignment

This project advances direct calls by APEC Leaders, APEC Ministers, and APEC HLM Declarations to           (A) strengthen mental wellness as a driver of sustainable economic growth and (B) to advance swift implementation of the APEC Roadmap to promote mental wellness through 2020. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has also called for the continued strengthening of health systems, including major chronic disease areas. The project advances the LSIF’s mandate to promote the development of population health and socioeconomic growth. It also aligns with the objectives in the LSIF-Digital Hub Memorandum of Understanding. 

This project supports the LSIF Strategic Plan in the area of health services. These include: (A) creating an environment that supports social and economic goals related to life sciences innovation; (B) fostering an inclusive, integrated, and sustainable approach to policymaking and implementation; (C) monitoring the quality and performance of health systems to ensure appropriate use of innovations; and, (D) advocating accessibility, affordability, sustainability, and value from innovation in health services. This project is also responsive to recommendations from the 2013-2016 APEC High-Level Meetings on Health and the Economy.

TILF/ASF Justification

The APEC Report on Strategic Needs in Mental Health, released in 2016 following the submission of individual member economy assessments, has provided the LSIF with clear indication on the priority capacity-building needs of each APEC developing member economy to strengthen mental wellness in support of sustainable economic growth and cross-border trade. The Colloquium will respond to those identified needs by including a half-day, train-the-trainer session for participants from APEC developing member economies on the launch, management, and/or scale-up of partnerships aligned with the APEC economies’ strategic needs. Trainers will include a variety of experts with demonstrated experience over partnerships, recruited from current and prospective partners of the APEC Digital Hub. Trainees will include a variety of existing and prospective partners of the APEC Digital Hub from developing member economies, with emphasis on organizations that are ready to implement learnings within their own economy (thus, deploying a train-the-trainer approach). Furthermore, the Colloquium’s half-day dialogue session will serve as an opportunity for numerous organizations from developing member economies to assess the Digital Hub’s committee activities, their outputs, and new partnership opportunities.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project will yield four primary outputs: 

1) LSIF Recommendations on Mental Health Linkages: Based on the Colloquium’s deliberations, organizers will prepare a series of recommendations to the APEC LSIF demonstrating key linkages between strengthening mental wellness to other regional health priorities.

2) Train-the-Trainer Session (Half-Day): See Question #4 Response.

3) APEC Digital Hub – Dialogue Session (Half-Day): The Hub’s seven core focus area committees (consisting of existing core partners) will each have an opportunity to discuss their planned activities with prospective partners from governments, industry, and civil society. These activities may include (A) currently operational programs seeking scale-up or in need of support and/or (B) envisaged programs aligned with APEC member economies strategic needs. A report will be prepared from this dialogue session to support the rapid elaboration of new partners as well as for dissemination to prospect partners who may be unable to attend.

4) Recommendations for APEC Digital Hub: Organizers will also prepare a brief summation of key recommendations made by Colloquium attendees for incorporation into the APEC Digital Hub’s online platform and broader work plan through 2020. 

Outcomes: The medium-term outcomes (changes) expected from this project’s outputs include: 

1) New/Scaled Partnerships: By the end of 2017, this project is expected to enable the facilitation of at least five new or scaled partnerships across at least three core focus areas identified by APEC member economies. These partnerships will drive direct changes in policy, process, and/or behavior within different APEC member economies. An example already in process includes the launch of APEC Principles for Psychological Health in the Workplace, modeled on a similarly titled framework and capacity-building program established by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) which has driven significant, positive change in public and private employer practices to mental wellness for millions of Canadians.

2) Core Partner Expansion: The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health will have added at least five new core partner organizations, expanding the resources (financial, human, knowledge) available to implement and/or scale partnerships that are driving improvements in mental wellness within member economies in accordance with their identified needs. A principal outcome also includes the onboarding of at least one major core partner currently operating outside the existing mental health community. Success in this effort would bring new resources and/or expertise in service of strengthening mental wellness across the region that would otherwise go unrecognized, particularly for the benefit of low resource, developing member economies.

3) Driving Linkages: Other APEC health-related programs and initiatives will integrate best practices in promoting mental wellness within their daily activities, further driving improvements in mental wellness across member economies. Examples include recognition by APEC economies that mental wellness be included in new policies and programs related to aging as well as infectious and chronic diseases.

Beneficiaries: The APEC Digital Hub’s leadership team and core partners will collaborate with APEC economies as well as non-member economies to encourage direct participation from leading public and private sector organizations – both within and outside the traditional mental wellness community – with (A) an interest to participate in the formation of new partnerships or to scale existing collaborations and/or (B) a demonstrated capacity to benefit their home economy from the project’s train-the-trainer session. Public organizations invited will include those focused on health and mental wellness (such as Ministries of Health and/or National Institutes of Mental Health) as well as those focused on sustainable economic growth (such as Ministries of Economy and/or Trade and Industry). Private organizations invited will include those focused on health and mental wellness (such as medical institutions and universities, civil society and patient organizations) as well as those focused on a variety of business activities relevant to mental wellness (such as life sciences, information and communications technologies, social media, and financial services). The inclusion of major stakeholders in this project outside the traditional mental health community is viewed as a top priority. Prior efforts to limit inclusion to certain institutions been identified by APEC, the World Bank, and WHO as a reason why resources and progress have not achieved their full potential. The economic impact of mental disorders requires that leading stakeholders concerned with sustainable economic growth (economic and trade ministries and industry groups) be included in deliberations and on-boarded as partners. Non-traditional stakeholders will bring new resources to the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health’s advancement in the seven focus areas identified by APEC member economies, especially when it comes to policy measures that consider mental wellness in the context of economic sustainability as well as life sciences innovation, information and communications technologies and social media, which together can provide expertise and creative solutions not previously leveraged, especially within developing member economies. Bottom line, the traditional mental wellness community alone does not have the means to significantly advance the seven core focus areas prioritized by APEC member economies. The Hub will serve as a bridge to new partners.

Participants will serve as leaders or senior managers within their respective organizations with a demonstrated capability and capacity to deliver or implement best practices. Designated facilitators will have prior capacity-building expertise and have already been identified from several major academic institutions, including from the University of British Columbia, University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Peking University. Participants need not have previous capacity-building expertise, but they will be expected to conduct at least one follow-on capacity-building session in their home economy to advance implementation of these best practices. These sessions should ensure mutual gender benefits and include linkages to material and child health. Organizers aim to have all APEC member economies represented, with particular emphasis senior representatives from leading organizations in developing member economies. The APEC LSIF will have the opportunity to nominate participants for the Colloquium. It is expected that each project participant will attend both the train-the-trainer and dialogue sessions.

Beneficiaries from this project will include leading organizations seeking to share best practices as well as those seeking to implement these best practices – this includes governments (health, trade, and commerce agencies among central and local authorities), academic institutions, industry groups and companies, patient organizations, and other non-profit and civil society entities. The project team also hopes that governments engaged in this effort will heighten their commitment to strengthening mental wellness across the region. As the primary driver of economic output across the region, female workers and the organizations that depend on them greatly benefit from enhanced focus on mental wellness. Women have served as the primary champions of APEC’s efforts to strengthen mental wellness since 2013 and will continue to do so through realizing the Roadmap’s 2020 commitments.

Dissemination

The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health is in the process of developing a broader communications plan that will include dedicated strategies to disseminate the outputs from this Colloquium. This communications plan covers direct engagement with local and international media organizations on the rising importance of mental wellness to sustainable economic growth and cross-border trade. The plan also includes the facilitation of direct linkage between each core partner’s public affairs divisions, enabling coordinated production and dissemination of media releases highlighting the Colloquium’s outputs and outcomes. Once the host institution develops the initial communications plan, it will be circulated to the APEC LSIF Planning Group of Officials for review and feedback. Interested APEC officials and their agencies may partner with the Hub’s host institution and core partners to support implementation of this communications plan, though many officials have already delegated their economy’s core partner to support the Hub’s activities. 

The Colloquium’s recommendations to the APEC LSIF will be factored into the dissemination of this project’s outputs, including through the publications component of the APEC website. The APEC Digital Hub online platform – an APEC satellite website itself (http://mentalhealt h.apec.org) will also be leveraged as a direct tool to disseminate project outputs with a target audience that widely extends across the global mental health community as well as leading organizations with keen interest in sustainable economic growth and cross-border trade. This includes the World Bank Group and World Health Organization, both of whom partnered with APEC in 2016 in the facilitation of the world’s first high-level meeting on mental health. APEC worked closely with both international organizations to disseminate the outputs of that engagement. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project, rather only to facilitate new or scale existing partnerships that will bring new resources (financial or otherwise) to bear in service of promoting mental wellness across the region. The utilization of social media and other multi-media functions through the Hub platform will be considered through a sub-group of the Hub’s core partner organizations. 

All communications from the APEC Digital Hub – including reports, traditional news/media releases, or social media content – will comply with relevant APEC Guidelines. Communications management for the APEC Digital Hub is facilitated by the host institution which is aware of APEC Guidelines.

Gender

Since the commencement of APEC’s dedicated focus to mental wellness in 2013, there has not only been particular focus on ensuring the participation and active engagement of women in activities, but ensuring the project’s outputs serve the interests of women across the region. To-date, a majority (50%+) of the attendees in APEC’s three mental wellness programs (2013, 2014, and 2015) have been women and this is expected to continue for the Colloquium. A majority of the APEC Digital Hub’s core partner organizations are also led by women. As women of all ages constitute a majority of the region’s workforce and economic output, mental disorders serve as their single largest source of disease burden. The project’s core focus on workplace mental wellness, as well as advocacy and awareness building (stigma reduction), are particularly vital areas for women’s health in transition economies. By bringing participants together from across developed and developing economies, we are also facilitating dissemination of best practices to women that otherwise might not avail themselves. Discussions to-date have already progressed beyond inclusion, as the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health now seeks tangible deliverables that will drive results not only for women’s health but also women’s economic empowerment. For example, the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health is expected to prepare and release the first set of APEC Principles for Psychological Health in the Workplace, leveraging best practices in place across several member economies. An emphasis by employers – large and small – to implement such principles, through new partnerships that deliver capacity-building, will directly support the success of women within each member economy.

Work Plan

Work plan:

June 2017:

·  Action #1: Convene teleconference(s) with RTCCD, the APEC Digital Hub’s core partner in Viet Nam, to ensure alignment of regional and local objectives in the project’s implementation. Secure at least two principals from leading organizations in Viet Nam to receive capacity-building support during the train-the-trainer session.

·  Action #2: Design a detailed Colloquium agenda in partnership with core partners from nearly all APEC member economies. Convene teleconference series with core partners to finalize agenda and to initiate recruitment process for both the train-the-trainer and dialogue sessions. Assign key tasks to each participating core organization (serving as trainer) and core focus area committee lead (presenting and/or facilitating the dialogue session components). Assess and confirm scope of the capacity-building program.

·  Action #3: Circulate RFP to prospective venues in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, confirming location and other logistical arrangements before the end of the month.

·  Action #4: Once venue, target attendees, and draft agenda are confirmed, begin to issue invitations for Colloquium with supplemental materials to include a detailed logistics note, APEC travel funding procedures (for eligible attendees). Circulate a save-the-date notice if invitation issuance is delayed.

·  Action #5: Close coordination with organizers of APEC HLM and related health meetings to ensure strong linkages are established and/or reinforced between mental health and other work streams.

·  Action #6: APEC Digital Hub leadership team to outline communications strategy in preparation for the Colloquium, including but not limited to coordinated media releases and social media strategy.

·  Action #7: Ensure key outcomes and other synergies from the APEC Digital Hub conference in Vancouver (27-28 June 2017) are carried over in preparations for the Colloquium.

July 2017:

·  Action #1: Finalize agenda, including key assignments during the train-the-trainer and dialogue sessions. Recirculate agenda to all confirmed participants and upload to APEC Digital Hub website.

·  Action #2: Finalize recruitment of participants, ensuring full alignment with APEC Funded Travelers submission deadlines to the APEC Secretariat. Ensure sign-off on participants list from APEC LSIF Planning Group of Officials. Provide logistics support to APEC travel funded participants from developing member economies to ensure compliance with APEC processes.

·  Action #3: Continued close coordination with trainers and dialogue session leads to ensure Colloquium presentation and/or training content is finalized before the end of the month.

August 2017:

·  Action #1: Finalize Colloquium train-the-trainer and dialogue session content in collaboration with focal points on the agenda. Ensure confirmed trainers are matched with confirmed trainee organizations and undertake advance introductions 1-2 weeks before the Colloquium.

·  Action #2: Finalize communications strategy and prepare to execute key components before/after event.

·  Action #3: Convene one-day Colloquium on the margins of the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting.

·  Action #4: Ensure at least one leading representative from the APEC Digital Hub leadership and/or core partners are present for the APEC HLM to raise outcomes and ensure mental wellness is raised.

September to December 2017:

·  Action #1: Assess outcomes and implementation of project deliverables toward 2020 objectives.

·  Action #2: Prepare and disseminate dialogue session report for both participant and non-participant organizations to ensure recruitment of at least five new core partners before the end of the year.

 Action #3: Prepare and submit recommendations to APEC LSIF on strategies to further linkages between mental wellness and wider APEC health initiatives, such as aging and chronic diseases.

Risks

The project leadership team has identified three risks that could impact project implementation. They are each highlighted below along with a brief description of the plan to manage each risk. 

Risk #1: Short Preparatory Timeline: The project team has less than three months to prepare and execute our primary objectives, as the Colloquium will be held on the margins of the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam in August 2017. To mitigate this risk, the project leadership team has anticipated logistics support from several APEC Digital Hub core partners, such as RTCCD in Vietnam and Janssen Asia-Pacific’s Healthy Minds Program. Recruitment support is envisaged from all core partners of the APEC Digital Hub, particularly those located in East and Southeast Asia in closer proximity to the Colloquium’s host city. The leadership team is also in the process of identifying trainers/trainees for the capacity-building component as well as prospective partner candidates for the dialogue session, getting a head start on the project’s indicated commencement time (June 2017). 

Risk #2: Core Focus Committee Progress: The dialogue session of the Colloquium will depend in large measure on the progress of the core focus committees to set individual success targets and to identify areas of partnership opportunity. Failure to do so may hinder the attractiveness of the APEC Digital Hub’s work to prospective partners. To mitigate this risk, the Hub’s leadership team is organizing a conference in Vancouver in June 2017 that will include dedicated sessions for the core focus area committees. The Digital Hub leadership team is also facilitating the initial discussions for each committee. Please see Question #1, Paragraph #2 for a full listing of the seven core focus areas. The APEC Report on Strategic Needs in Mental Health – endorsed by APEC Ministers and fully embraced by the APEC LSIF – has identified these as top priorities and each committee is tasked with advancing deliverables aligned with the report. 

Risk #3: Resource Limitations: While the APEC Secretariat is providing significant financial resources toward the success of this project, these funds are generally lower than a traditionally funded APEC project. As such, there is heightened emphasis on external core partner and participant contributions, especially to cover their own travel and related expenses. To mitigate the risk of key attendees being unable to resource their participation, project organizers will be targeting those organizations who have indicated a strong commitment to the APEC Digital Hub’s work and/or who are based within a proximate distance to Viet Nam, reducing their anticipated travel expenditures.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This project will have achieved its objectives if at least five leading organizations participate in the train-the-trainer session and indicate they are ready to implement learnings via one local training activity per member economy. These local trainings should include participation from at least 25 individuals representing the necessary local organizations to achieve change. The project will have also achieved its objective if at least five new leading organizations join the APEC Digital Hub as core partners, contributing vital resources (financial, human, and/or knowledge). At least two of the new core partners should be from the public sector and at least two should be from the private sector.

Participant and core partner feedback will be collected to assess the effectiveness of the train-the-trainer and dialogue sessions through a post-event survey. The APEC Digital Hub will also sustain close communication with core partners and participants to ensure the aforementioned metrics (new/scaled partnerships and Hub core partners) are obtained before the end of the year. The Digital Hub leadership team will ensure notable focus is made on adapting the approaches transferred during the project are suitable for each member economy, including in the consideration and establishment of new partnerships.

Indicators to measure the project’s success will include:
1) the number of new trainers generated as a result of the program (at least five),

2) the number of local follow-on trainings held within developing member economies (at least five),

3) the number of new partners recruited to the Digital Hub’s work (at least five), and

4) the number of new collaborations launched and/or existing partnerships scaled (at least two). Assessment of these indicators through outreach and surveys by the Digital Hub are vital to the monitoring and evaluation effort and will consider gender impact.

Linkages

This project will connect dozens of the Digital Hub’s existing partners – which include leading public and private sector institutions across nearly all member economies – with two important groups: (A) new partners to advance the Digital Hub’s mission and (B) leading trainee organizations from developing member economies ready to implement best practices and move the needle in APEC’s efforts to strengthen mental wellness. Over 50 APEC stakeholders spanning all APEC member economies are expected to participate. Non-APEC stakeholders, including leading mental health experts, will likely serve in support of the project’s capacity-building components. Existing partners (leading public and private sector institutions) include the Ministries of Health or National Institutes of Mental Health (Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States), leading academic institutions (Australia, Canada, China, and the Philippines), civil society and industry organizations (Hong Kong, the United States, and Viet Nam). See http://mentalhealth.apec.org for a full listing of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health’s core partners.

Engagement: In addition to the LSIF Planning Group of Officials, the HWG and ABAC are expected to continue their close engagement on the APEC Digital Hub’s work to strengthen mental wellness. This close coordination was evident in the submission of this project’s concept note, where there was significant cross-over in support from multiple working groups. Outside of APEC, this project and the Digital Hub will maintain close collaboration with the World Bank, WHO, and other international institutions and networks.

Previous Work: This project serves in direct support of previous work streams and aligns with the progressive roadmap adopted in 2014 and endorsed by APEC Ministers. In order for the APEC Digital Hub to serve as an effective focal point in APEC’s work to strengthen mental wellness, it must have a variety of committed partners as well as demonstrated scope to build capacity in developing member economies.

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: The nimble approach APEC permits will provide this project – and the Digital Hub more broadly – with the leeway to scale up as resources and member economy interest allows. There are few, if any, international organizations that allow for such a nimble approach. In addition, the APEC LSIF’s tripartite approach – openness to government, industry, and academic leadership – is precisely the approach undertaken by the Digital Hub and the project to ensure success.

Sustainability

The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health will serve as the focal point to ensure the project’s outputs are sustained and successfully transitioned into meaningful outcomes for APEC member economies. Further, when this project reaches its immediate key objectives, principally the recruitment of at least five new core partners to provide resources (financial, human, and knowledge), the APEC Digital Hub will be even better positioned to continue having a positive impact well after APEC funding has sunset. We also anticipate that the Colloquium will draw additional, sustaining support from existing core partners in the Hub who have yet to make major contributions. 

Beneficiaries will be targeted for participation in the capacity-building session on the basis of their ability to have a sustaining positive impact within their local economy, including central and local government officials where possible. On this basis, the APEC Digital Hub will serve as a lasting resource to help these organizations carry forward their work. The project team also believes there is space for reverse innovation, where low resource economies can advise on identified best practices for high resource economies that may be less efficient. After the project concludes, organizers anticipate core partners of the APEC Digital Hub will continue to lead the activities of each core focus committee and serve as advocates in the recruitment of additional core partners who are suited to bring new resources toward the committee’s activities. The APEC Digital Hub host institution is best positioned to ensure these future actions take place and are suitably tracked/reported to the APEC LSIF Planning Group of Officials, per the host institution’s memorandum of understanding. 

Each core focus area committee will determine their own benchmarks of success through 2020, in alignment with the APEC Roadmap adopted in 2014. At minimum, the core focus area committees of core partners must be responsive to the needs indicated in the APEC Report on Strategic Needs in Mental Health. Thus, this Report serve as a baseline in determining the successful advancement of key objectives.

Project Overseers

This project is overseen by Dr. Raymond Lam, Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health and Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Lam is a leading champion in APEC’s work to strengthen mental wellness since 2015. He also served as a principal representative for the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health during the World Bank/WHO High-Level Meeting on Mental Health in 2016, attended by Dr. Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat. Dr. Lam will serve as the main point of contact and is supported by Prof. Erin Michalak and Ms. Vanessa Evans at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Andy Greenshaw of the University of Alberta and Mr. Phil Upshall at Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) will support the success of this project as co-host institutions of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health. Other core partners of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health will also serve an important role in supporting the management and successful conclusion of this project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Waiver Request #1: Since this proposal’s allotment of travel funding assistance is only one spot per eligible economy, Project Overseer may reprogram expert and/or participant economy airfare on customized basis since some economies (i.e., Viet Nam) may require less airfare funding per unit than others (i.e., Chile). Funds may be reprogrammed on this basis until the available budget is fully assigned.

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