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Healthy Massachusetts Disease Management and Wellness: Focus on Diabetes

Chronic conditions, such as heart failure, diabetes and asthma are pervasive among Massachusetts residents. In March 2008, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) convened the Disease Management and Wellness Task Force with broad representation from more than 40 organizations to develop an action-oriented framework for managing and treating chronic disease in Massachusetts, focusing initially on diabetes. This report introduces six recommendations to reduce and prevent diabetes by integrating CHWs in the chronic care.

Effectiveness of community health workers delivering preventive interventions for maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

Community Health Workers are widely utilised in low- and middle-income countries and may be an important tool in reducing maternal and child mortality; however, evidence is lacking on their effectiveness for specific types of programmes, specifically programmes of a preventive nature.

Healthy Massachusetts Disease Management and Wellness: Focus on Diabetes

Chronic conditions, such as heart failure, diabetes and asthma are pervasive among Massachusetts residents. In March 2008, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) convened the Disease Management and Wellness Task Force with broad representation from more than 40 organizations to develop an action-oriented framework for managing and treating chronic disease in Massachusetts, focusing initially on diabetes. This report introduces 6 recommendations that will reduce and prevent diabetes in Massachusetts residents.

CHW Regional Meeting: Country Follow-up Plans and Actions

The USAID-sponsored Community Health Worker (CHW) Regional Meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 19 to 21, 2012. Over 60 government and nongovernmental (NGO) representatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Mali, as well as participants from NGOs and international organizations attended the meeting. The meeting, designed by Initiatives Inc.

CHW Program Functionality Improvement, Performance and Engagement: Operations Research Results from Zambia

The United Nations Millennium Project identified the large-scale training and deployment of community health workers (CHWs) as an important strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, programs involving CHWs are also known to be fraught with significant human resources challenges. The USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) developed the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) to help assess CHW program functionality and to provide benchmarks against which to measure program improvements.

Barrier Analysis Facilitator's Guide: A Tool for Improving Behavior Change Communication in Child Survival and Community Development Programs

The Barrier Analysis tool is a rapid assessment tool used in community health and other community development project to better identify barriers to behavior change that (if adopted) would have a significant positive impact on the health, nutrition, or well-being of targeted groups (e.g., preschool children) in a project area. The tool also helps staff members to identify positive aspects of behaviors which can be used in health promotion efforts.

Social and Behavioral Change for Family Planning

Many maternal and child health programs want to add family planning (counseling, referrals or even services) into their programs. Many health program and government staff would like to get the skills needed for this process—but time and resources are not available for a week(s) long training.This curriculum can share these useful skills without requiring a lot of time or resources. A local staff person or team can use this guide to run a 2.5 day training course that teaches the basics of “designing for behavior change” for community health workers.

Community-Based Tuberculosis Prevention and Care: Why—and How—to Get Involved. An International Handbook for Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations

This document is designed to serve as a handbook, or primer, for NGO s and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are considering joining the fight against tuberculosis (TB). It provides information on TB and how it is prevented, diagnosed, and treated, how TB programs work on the ground, how communities and CSOs can get involved, and special populations that need extra attention. Step-by-step guidance on getting started in addressing TB , pitfalls to avoid, and a list of useful resources are included.

Community Health Worker Regional Meeting Report

The USAID-sponsored Community Health Worker (CHW) Regional Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 19 to 21, 2012, was attended by over 60 government and non- governmental (NGO) representatives from six African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia) as well as participants from international NGOs and organizations. The meeting was planned by Initiatives Inc.

Community Caregivers: The Backbone for Accessible Care and Support - Multi-country Research: South Africa Report

This report is the result of research undertaken in South Africa as part of a broader multi-country research project commissioned by the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) to review community and home-based care (CHBC), especially in regards to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. 

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