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April 5 - 11, 2015 is World Health Worker Week!  


Visit the World Health Worker Week Portal for CHW profiles, news, events and ways to get involved

Tweet us using the hashtag #whwweek.  

Check out the WHW Week Toolkit

Video Spotlight

"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Community Health Workers build bridges between communities and health services.

Robin Hammond, 2011

From reproductive health to nutrition to care for chronic conditions, community health workers are being asked to help communities become healthier, particularly in areas where professional health workers are scarce.

Ibby Caputo; WGBH, 2013

Evidence shows that trained CHWs can diagnose and treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, while teaching parents to provide care at home.

Caroline Grogan, 2008


Featured News and Blogs

Dr. Ranu S. Dhillon

The CHW Reference Guide was produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health project.

The overview provided in Chapter 3 National Planning for Community Health Worker Programs (Gergen, Perry and Crigler) closely mirrors my experience helping to design the Village Health Workers program in Nigeria, develop the plan for a national community health worker (CHW) program for Guinea, and strengthen the ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) program in different states of India.

Based on these experiences, there are several pragmatic insights that build on points articulated in the chapter:

CHWs graduating from Rutgers University
Jackie LeGrand

This blog was originally posted on the State Refor(u)m website.

Community health workers (CHWs) are often employed to improve health equity, cultural competency, health literacy and access to care, among other issues. Because they have such varied roles, there are many definitions of CHWs; however, they are commonly identified by their in-depth understanding of the population they serve.

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