This is the first episode of the Review of Systems podcast, which is done in partnership with Harvard Center for Primary Care. The first guest is Shreya Kangovie, a researcher of community health worker (CHW) interventions who developed a multi-stakeholder team-based CHW model called IMPaCT (Individualized Management towards Patient-Centered Targets).
While community health workers (CHWs) often identify and screen for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), this study looks at incorporating SAM treatment into the work of CHWs. The results from a randomized intervention study in Kita, Southwest Mali, indicated that with minimal training CHWs can treat SAM appropriately, which could result in lower defaulter ratios and improve access to treatment.
This paper evaluates the existing studies on the role of community health workers in sexual violence services. The authors found a lack of research on the topic, though the limited studies indicate that incorporating community health workers may be beneficial. However, more research is needed into the potential issues and harms that may come from community health workers providing services for sexual violence.
The authors conducted a mixed-methods study to understand the roles of community health workers and design a standardized training curriculum. An organizational survey and discussion groups resulted in the development of a core set of competencies to incorporate into a Healthy Start community health workers training program.