The partnership has 284 collaborators from 39 countries: parents of disabled children, persons with disabilities, health advocacy groups, medical doctors and specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, sociologists, community care workers, community developers, public health specialists, ethicists, statisticians, software development strategists, mHealth experts, coders, system architects, digital media experts, commercialisation experts, lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs and postgraduate students.

The mICF project forms part of the strategic work plan of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) of the World Health Organization’s Family of International Classifications Network (WHO-FIC).

Facilitation team

Heidi Anttila, PhD (Public Health), MSc (Health Promotion), PT, National Institute for Welfare and Health (2001-). Senior researcher in Ageing, Disability and Functioning Unit, Department of Welfare. Specialist qualification in management. She has worked as a coordinator and researcher in several comprehensive projects, that developed the European Core Model for health technology assessment (EUnetHTA), evaluated evidence-based Antimicrobial Treatment Strategies (MIKSTRA study), physical therapy after breast cancer surgery, surgical procedures for morbid obesity, obstructive sleep apnoea, and rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy. Research Grant from Academy of Finland 2010-2013 for Nordic Outcomes Study of Electronic Mobility Devices. Member of the Welfare Technology Leader Network in Nordic Welfare Centre (2009-2014). THL International Award 2011. Currently, she is deputy director of the Finnish Center for Evidence-Based Health Care: An Affiliated Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute, manager the Reference Group of Functioning Classification and Information Structures of Functional Outcome Instruments at the National Code Server in THL, coordinator of national ICF network and disability learning network in Innovillage environment, leader of the Editorial Board of the THL’s Functioning website, and member of the reference groups of the national TOIMIA network (Measurement and Assessment of Functioning), the Functioning and Disability Reference Group in the WHO Family of International Classification Network. Author or co-author of 60+ publications. LinkedIn: Her interest focuses on developing user-needs based and accessible health and social services and their needs and outcomes evaluation.

Olaf Kraus de Camargo, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University, a research associate at CanChild, a member of the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), and works as developmental paediatrician at the McMaster Children’s Hospital. He has a strong interest in interprofessional education and knowledge transfer and is the director for Continuous Medical Education (CME) of the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. He is also the Education Resource Person for residents rotating through the division of Developmental Paediatrics. Since 2001, Olaf is involved with the implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in Neuro-Rehabilitation, Developmental Paediatrics and Early Intervention, having given numerous talks and workshops on the topic in Europe and Northamerica. Together with Judith Hollenweger he edited the German translation of the ICF-CY for the WHO (World Health Organization). He also co-authored with Liane Simon the first book about clinical applications of the ICF-CY in Germany. At McMaster University he is involved in introducing the ICF into education models, clinical practice and research. Olaf is a visiting professor at the Medical School Hamburg and Medical School Berlin in Germany, lecturing about the ICF and childhood disability.

Thomas Maribo, Associate Professor, PT, PhD, head of MC programme for community based rehabilitation. He has been involved in different kinds of educational tasks and the ICF at bachelor and professional master levels, as well as in continuing education. He is experienced in outcome measures in functioning of persons at varying ages and disabilities. He is collaborator in of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group in the WHO Family of International Classification Network. He is advisor for the Central Denmark Region, the national boards in health and social affairs. Author and co-author of 20+ publications in national and international journals (17 articles last 5 years), 3 contributions in anthologies.

Jaana Paltamaa, PhD (Health Sciences), a planning specialist at JAMK, the School of Health and Social Studies. She has over 20 years’ working experience in multidisciplinary health care team as an expert physiotherapist. She was responsible for co-ordination and implementation of the internal continuing neurological physiotherapy education in the Central Finland health care district and she participated several research projects (e.g. outcome assessment methods, quality management guidelines and statistics on rehabilitation services). Her PhD study focused on assessment of physical functioning in the ICF framework. She has also coordinated and worked on several national projects on functioning assessment, rehabilitation services and innovative solutions, e.g. Rehabilitation development project funded by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), Driving simulator for accessibility and experience – a novel service concept for wellness funded by Tekes, Establishing the ICF classification in medical rehabilitation funded by Kela, and Evidence-based practice in social and health care, case study in Onerva Centre for Learning and Consulting funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. She is an author of several books, articles and systematic reviews. She was a member of the Guideline for Physiotherapy in Parkinson’s disease Writing Group. She is a member of the reference group of the national TOIMIA network, whose aim is to improve the quality in the assessment and measurement of human functioning, and a collaborator of Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) in the WHO Family of International Classification Network (WHO-FIC).

Stefanus Snyman (MB, ChB; MPhil (HealthScEd) (CUM LAUDE); DOM) serves as partnership facilitator and principal investigator of the International mICF Partnership. He is an occupational medicine practitioner and health professions educationist with a special interest in interprofessional education and practice, competency-based education, rural health, mHealth and social accountability in medical schools. He is an experienced partnership facilitator, trainer and project manager, who developed numerous consensus-based partnerships throughout Africa to serve the underserved. He also served as strategist to major local and international non-profit organizations in the planning, development and implementation of web and social media strategies. Currently he is the Manager: Interprofessional Education and Collaborate Practice at the Centre for Health Professions Education at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. This includes the responsibility to integrate the Faculty’s graduate attributes into undergraduate programs and to introduce the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a common approach to patient- and community-centred care. Snyman serves on the secretariat of the WHO’s Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG). He is also member of the CanMEDS 2015 International Advisory Board and the In-2-Theory Network. (@stefanussnyman)

Joanne D. Valerius, Ph.D, MPH, Director Graduate Program in Health Information Management as part of the Biomedical Informatics Educational Programs. Throughout work history has developed coding certificate program, associate, bachelor, and graduate level programs in Health Information Management.

Dirk Wagener, Business Development Manager Healthcare at Stone Three – takes care of business development, technical operations, company operations management and marketing. He combines his MSc Eng in Image Processing from the University of Stellenbosch with key technical business development and software development processes, as well as software architecture and engineering skills. Dirk joined Stone Three in 2003 and is energised by exploring the inherent opportunities for technology to have a positive impact on people and the environment.

Petteri Weckström , B.Eng. (Information Technology). Experienced ICT Project Manager (7+ years, EU, ERDF, EAFRD, Tekes). Consultant and specialist in ICT integration, Web 2.0 services and wireless telemetry. Inventor of Internet of Things (IoT) related business inventions which have resulted in commercialized innovations and IPR transfers. Currently R&D-coordinator of JAMK’s Institute of Information Technology and managing EU projects for remote sensing methodologies in Forestry and developing JYVSECTEC Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Cooperation Network. LinkedIn:

Partner organisations

Partner Country Type of partner
1.       BigMove Institute The Netherlands Technical & Commercialisation partner
2.       CIF Brasil Brazil Research Partner
3.       DEFACTUM, Central Denmark Region and Aarhus University Denmark Research Partner
4.       ESTeSC  Coimbra Portugal Research Partner
5.       Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities Finland Research Partner
6.       Independent ICF consultant USA Research Partner
7.       JAMK University of Applied Sciences Finland Technical & Research Partner
8.       Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Germany Research Partner
9.       Mc Master University Canada Research Partner
10.    Medical School Hamburg Germany Research Partner
11.    National Institute for Health and Welfare Finland Research Partner
12.    Nelson Mandela University South Africa Research Partner
13.    Neurology, Public Health, Carlo Besta Italy Research Partner
14.    RealityGate South Africa Technical & Research Partner
15.    Silla University South Korea Research Partner
16.    Southern Illinois University USA Research Partner
17.    Space for Development South Africa Technical partner
18.    Stone Three Venture Technology (Pty) Ltd South Africa Technical & Commercialisation partner
19.    Stratech South Africa Technical & Commercialisation partner
20.    Team HIM USA USA Research Partner
21.    University Medical Centre Groningen Netherlands Research Partner
22.    University of Sydney Australia Research Partner