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Health for the People:​ National Community Health Worker Programs from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Edited by Henry B. Perry, the Health for the People: National Community Health Worker Programs from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe is a collection of CHW program data from 29 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

A conceptual framework for measuring community health workforce performance within primary health care systems

Management of CHW programs requires better data collection approaches at the community level. This paper describes a framework and proposes a list of metrics to monitor CHW performance in low- and middle-income countries. 

Application of the community health worker model in adult asthma and COPD in the U.S.: a systematic review

This paper systematically reviews the effectiveness of community health worker interventions in reducing healthcare utilization in adults with asthma and COPD.

Facilitating equitable community-level access to maternal health services: exploring the experiences of Rwanda’s community health workers

CHWs play an integral role in linking members of communities to maternal health services in formal health care systems. This study identifies specific strategies applied by CHWs in Rwanda to promote equitable maternal care in their communities. It highlights the need for future research on strategies to motivate community health workers. 

Advancing Health Equity Through Community Health Workers and Peer Providers: Mounting Evidence and Policy Recommendations

Community health workers are often overlooked and underutilized as powerful change agents for health equity. This report, based on a review of nine studies, provides evidence and policy recommendations. It describes the value of including CHWs in healthcare delivery systems for addressing inequities.

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.

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