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

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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

penn center chws
By:
Raina Kulkarni

Today the Penn Center for Community Health Workers (CHWs) has a staff of 40 employees that are fully supported by the Penn Medicine Health System. Most employees are CHWs and collectively they provide support to 1,500 vulnerable, high-risk patients in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

But five years ago the Center was just an idea. It began as a collaboration between the Philadelphia community and Penn Medicine researchers. Tamala Carter, one of the founding employees, said, “I almost didn’t apply for the job (of Community Based Interviewer), because it said ‘research’…I thought they would want me to have other technical skills, but they actually wanted my life experience and natural ability as a listener.”

By:
Anya Guyer

This is the fourth chapter of the CHW Reference Guide, 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.


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