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

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.

Community health workers and use of mHealth: improving identification of pregnancy complications and access to care in the Dominican republic •

This article presents the feasibility and acceptability of using mobile health technology by community health workers (CHWs) in San Juan Province, Dominican Republic, to improve identification of pregnancy complications and access to care for pregnant women.

Health policy and system support to optimise community health worker programmes: an abridged WHO guideline

This abridged version of the WHO CHW guideline, provides a snapshot for policy makers, planners and managers on the evidence and recommendations for improving  community health worker program optimization

 

Community health, global knowledge? Experiences from Uganda (feature resource documentary)

With an aim to improve the ability of low-income countries to learn from and act on the successes and failures of each other, the Oxford Policy Management published this documentary on Uganda’s experiences with community health and the vital role played by community health workers.

Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs

To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. The CHS Catalog includes 25 country profiles, a set of infographics, and a summary of cross-country policy and program trends.

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO): a new model for community health worker training and support

This article describes a distance learning approach for CHWs using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model™, which is a video-conferencing-based mentorship model. The authors describe the ECHO model for CHW training and mentoring using case examples and pre/post-surveys from an obesity prevention and addiction recovery program. They conclude that the ECHO model has advantages over traditional training methods for CHWs and can be adapted to other countries. 

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. 

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