Although there is much research regarding CHWs in low- and middle-income countries, there is not as much information regarding the value of CHW programs in high-income countries. This study examines the potential for CHWs programs in Australia to improve health equity and the challenges of integrating CHWs in the health system.
With hypertensive disorders being the second highest direct obstetric cause of maternal deaths, this study explores how task-sharing of some obstetric responsibilities can help reduce maternal mortality rates. Specifically, the study assesses the acceptability, within the health community in India, of task-sharing by CHWs in the identification and initial care of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.
Podcast: Susan Keen, director of the Pathways to Better Health Program, discusses how CHWs are able to assist people with their social and health needs, have a direct impact on improving the overall health of a community, and decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
Older Latino adults experience a higher incidence of multiple coexisting medical conditions than non-Hispanics and whites and face barriers to diabetes self-management. The results of this REACH Detroit CHW randomized control intervention suggests that CHWs may be effective in reducing barriers to diabetes self-management. Using descriptive analysis and multiple linear regression, the study evaluates the effects of a six-month CHW intervention on older Latinos versus younger participants.
This qualitative resource explores the gendered dynamics of the CHW program in Afghanistan. It examines how broader societal gender norms affect the CHW program and suggests that the gendered division of health labour may provide opportunities for women's empowerment.
Despite psychiatric disorders contributing to a significant portion of the global disease burden, insufficient access to mental health services is widespread. This study examined its CHW mental health training program, developed in close collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Health, and evaluates the program’s success in improving the knowledge, skill and confidence among trained CHWs and expanding access to mental health services.
CHWs have been deployed in rural parts of India to improve access to preventative care in the country. This prospective cohort study describes how pregnant women and mothers of young children in rural West Bengal, India react when CHWs inform them that they, or their child, are at high risk of pregnancy-related complications or early childhood development delays and need further screening and health care from a physician.
With low latrine coverage in Kenya, there is a high prevalence of hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. This study assesses the effects of a CHW-led intervention, on latrine coverage in Mwingi West Sub-County, Kitui County-Kenya.
Community health workers (CHWs) improve access to quality health services at the community level. Despite the critical role that CHWs play, governments often have limited insight into their activities, the quality of their services, the conditions of the communities that they serve, and how best to link these CHWs and their beneficiaries to the larger health system.