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

It Takes Community Health Workers to End Violence Against Children

Global interest in strengthening the health sector’s role in ending violence against children (VAC) has been increasing. While CHWs have been widely recognized for their contributions towards many types of community-based interventions, there is little global research on perceptions and practices of CHWs in preventing or reducing VAC. This study describes opportunities in developing strategies to end violence against children that draw on the role of CHWs.

Support for Community Health Workers to Increase Health Access and to Reduce Health Inequities

Communities across the United States face numerous challenges in terms of health status and access to care. Community health workers (CHWs) provide major assistance in delivery of health resources through a community centered approach. This policy document from the American Public Health Association (APHA) updates the organization’s 2001 policy statement: “Recognition and Support for Community Health Workers’ Contributions to Meeting Our Nation’s Health Care Needs.” It reviews progress and provides recommendations for better integrating CHWs into the US healthcare system.   

Preparing for Community Health Worker Integration Into Clinical Care Teams Through an Understanding of Patient and Community Health Worker Readiness and Intent

Interest in expanding community health worker (CHW) roles into clinic settings is growing. This study evaluates both CHW readiness to be integrated into clinic-based community health worker programs (CHW) and patient readiness and intent to utilize CHW programs.

Community Health Workers Improve Linkage to Hypertension Care in Western Kenya

Elevated blood pressure is a growing global public health concern as it is linked to increased mortality. This study assessed whether community health workers (CHWs) using behavior change approaches and smartphone technologies can improve the linkage of individuals to hypertension to care.

Mobile training and support (MOTS) service—using technology to increase Ebola preparedness of remotely-located community health workers (CHWs) in Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone has operationalized a nationwide Digital Health Strategy to guide the rollout of e-Health and m-Health solutions. This article presents the findings of a pilot that tested a CHW mobile training and support (MOTS) service using interactive voice response technology (IVR). The platform delivers voice recorded training content in local languages on the topics of Vaccines and (Ebola) Disease Surveillance & Outbreak Response.

The state of community health information systems in West and Central Africa

The use of stand-alone community-based reporting systems in developing countries provide insufficient information to key stakeholders and policy makers the information they require. there is a need for community-based reporting systems that feed information directly into centralized, government owned information systems.

Towards universal health coverage: what are the system requirements for effective large-scale community health worker programmes?

In order to attain universal health coverage, a range of health systems strengthening efforts have been undertaken to improved health coverage and equity. This article presents key findings from two extensive literature reviews, assessing the foundations of CHW programs and making recommendation for the development of large-scale CHW programs.In order to attain universal health coverage, a range of health systems strengthening efforts have been undertaken to improved health coverage and equity.

What do Accredited Social Health Activists need to provide comprehensive care that incorporates non-communicable diseases? Findings from a qualitative study in Andhra Pradesh, India

The Indian National Program for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Cancer and Stroke (NPCDCS) aims to deliver non- communicable disease (NCD) care via primary healthcare teams which include Indian CHWs know as Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs).This study sought  to understand the current capacity and challenges faced by ASHAs hrough a  desktop review of NPCDCS and ASHA policy documents combined with group discussions with community members from the Guntur region of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Mobilizing Community Health Workers to Address Mental Health Disparities for Underserved Populations: A Systematic Review

This systematic review assesses the evidence on integrating community health workers (CHWs) into the delivery of mental health services in the United States and low- and middle- income countries. It includes 43 articles of which 39 are trials. The article highlights CHW background characteristics, their role in the mental health service provision, and the types of interventions in which they were involved.  

Integration of mental health into primary care and community health working in Kenya: context, rationale, coverage and sustainability

Integration of mental health into primary care is essential to meet the growing needs of populations in LMICs. This study presents the case for a collaborative project in Kenya that aims to train primary care and community health workers regarding mental health in a manner through which it can be integrated into their routine work.

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