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

A community-based diabetes group pilot incorporating a community health worker and photovoice methodology in an urban primary care practice

Over a three-month period, this study evaluated a community-based diabetes self-management intervention that incorporated photovoice and community health workers to identify diabetes management approaches that work in an African American community.

Tobacco cessation in Vietnam: Exploring the role of village health workers

Presenting the results of a survey of 449 Village Health Workers (VHWs) from 26 communes in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam, this study explores current tobacco use treatment (TUT) practice patterns, attitudes and beliefs among VHWs about delivering smoking cessation interventions and perceived barriers to doing so.

ZIKA: a new system to empower health workers and local communities to improve surveillance protocols by E-learning and to forcast ZIka virus in real time in Brazil

This paper presents the “ZIKA system” a mobile surveillance, e-learning and forecasting system, that helps community health workers to learn techniques and good practices in the surveillance of the ZIKA virus. The system is one of the first to combine public health surveillance, citizen-driven participatory reporting and weather data-based prediction.

Factors enabling community health workers and volunteers to overcome sociocultural barriers to behaviour change: meta-synthesis using the concept of social capital

A meta-synthesis of the existing literature, this article examines 33 publications to identify the factors that enable community health workers to bring about behavior change. It explicitly recognizes the difference between full-time trained and salaried community health workers and part-time community volunteers and proposes an approach to better coordinating the community health workforce to serve health, behavior change and empowerment needs. 

Evaluation of Healthy Fit: A Community Health Worker Model to Address Hispanic Health Disparities

Healthy Fit is an intervention that uses CHWs to extend the public health infrastructure to reduce Hispanic health disparities in the US. This study evaluates the effectiveness of Healthy Fit in identifying the health needs of Hispanic Americans living on the US-Mexico border, and in helping participants access health services through CHW recommendations/referrals. 

“I am not telling. The mobile is telling”: Factors influencing the outcomes of a community health worker mHealth intervention in India

This mixed-methods study assesses a CHW-utilized mHealth platform, Mobile for Mothers, in India. It analyzes CHW perceptions of the technology and its usefulness, outcomes and the contextual factors that influence health seeking behavior. 

Evaluating the Impact of a Community Health Worker in the Heart Smarts Corner Stores

This study examines the effects of community health workers on participation in the Heart Smarts program implemented by the Food Trust. Results show higher participant retention rates and lower blood pressure rates in stores that had community health workers. The authors suggest that having community health workers in other sites would increase the number of repeat visits and help in lowering participant blood pressure. 

Domestic violence against women, public policies and community health workers in Brazilian Primary Health Care

This study examines how Brazilian primary health care handles domestic violence against women. A gap between policies and practical application were found at local levels and community health workers were found to be critical to opening dialogue between women experiencing violence and the health care system.

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