Video Spotlight

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

Community Health Workers

This report details the history and current state of CHW programs around the world and highlights the importance of sustainability and improving CHW performance. 

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. 

Evaluation of malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) use by community health workers: a longitudinal study in western Kenya

This study assessed whether or not community health workers maintain competency in malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) administration over a twelve-month period as well as  the CHW characteristics, such as age or level of experience, that influence competencies. The results indicate that a majority of CHWs maintain RDT competency over at least a twelve-month period and that younger age and prior experience with RDT are associated with better RDT performance. 

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Community Health Workers: A Call to Action

This policy brief provides evidence-based recommendations to support community-based CHW services with sufficient resources to address social determinants of health. The goal of these recommendations is to increase the establishment of healthcare policies related to CHW services for communities facing health inequities. 

Roles and Functions of Community Health Workers in Primary Care

A literature review and synthesis of the roles and functions of community health workers in primary care designed to provide insight on how to better to integrate community health workers in primary care. The article analyses 30 studies, 12 functions and 3 prominent CHW roles and discusses the implications of CHW training and clinical support in primary care. 

Community health workers and accountability: reflections from an international “think-in”

Community health workers and accountability: reflections from an international “think-in,” presents a commentary with recommendations for research and further development in the area of CHWs and improved general health system accountability.”

Primary Health Care and Universal Health Coverage: the evidence on contributions and effectiveness of community health workers

On May 21, 2018, a side event was hosted by the Governments of Ethiopia and Ecuador at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, addressing the contributions and effectiveness of Community Health Workers in Primary Health Care and Universal Health Care Coverage. This background document, makes the case for the importance of CHWs in primary health care and the achievement of universal health coverage.   

Improving data quality in community health programmes: Recommendations from inter-country research

This brief discusses how to improve data quality in community health programmes and references the role of community health volunteers in data collection.

Podcast: Community Health Workers with Shreya Kangovi & Lisa Kidd from the Penn Center for CHWs

 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).

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