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"'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

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In recent years, community health workers (CHWs) have gained recognition as an important part of the health care system. At the same time, it has become increasingly clear that a person’s environment has a far greater impact on their health and wellbeing than access to health care or use of health care services. Individuals with low income communities of color are more likely to experience environmental burdens that lead to poor health outcomes. Over the past two years, a coalition of partners has developed a program in which CHWs in Hispanic/Latino communities take a leading role in organizing them to impact policies, systems and environments that affect community health.  CHWs, are in fact, ideally suited to organize communities to increase health equity as catalysts for social change that improve community health and wellbeing.

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Kate Hawkins, REACHOUT Consortium and Secretary of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of CHWs, summarizes the research priorities generated in the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town. The TWG includes academics, policy makers and implementers who will undertake and share research on the existing evidence base on CHWs and generate new knowledge to guide decision makers on developing accessible, equitable and efficient CHW programs. 

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