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Community Health Workers: Getting the Job Done in Health Care Delivery

Check out this recent video originally posted by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.


Community Health Workers: Getting the Job Done in Health Care Delivery from NEHI News on Vimeo.

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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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I recently attended a symposium entitled “Community Health Workers: Getting the Job Done in Health Care Delivery.” (My concluding remarks begin at the 6:00:40 mark in the video.) Speakers examined the evolving role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the current era of delivery system reform. Health Affairs has published work documenting the importance of this part of the workforce, and our November issue is dedicated to the topic of “Collaborating for Community Health.”

I was asked to summarize some key points from the day-long conversation. In this post I highlight some of the themes covered.

Each of the APHA CHW Section sessions that I attended today was well-attended and full of active participation.  Most presenters started by saying how inspired they felt to be presenting at the conference and to an audience of their peers.  Throughout the day we heard of successes, challenges, integration and training. There were several topics that really seemed to capture the attention of presenters and the audience alike.  They were:

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