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

The Path to 2020: Delivering transformative, rights-based family planning

In July of 2012, CARE partnered with other organizations to provide 120 million women and girls with family planning information and services by the year 2020.  This report reflects on the first half of the initiative, evaluating what has been accomplished thus far.  The evaluation shows that many barriers to providing women and girls with more family planning support remain.

Unlocking the community health workforce potential, post-Ebola: what models and strategies work?

This document provides a summary of the key points during the “Unlocking the community health workforce potential, post-Ebola: what models and strategies work” meeting.  This meeting was designed to develop strategies for countries affected by Ebola and to share lessons from countries with strong existing community health systems.  Needs of these countries were shared in an effort to align with global efforts to support effective CHW programs.  This meeting drew on both public and private sector leaders in an effort to share knowledge while keeping CHWs at the center of stakeholder thinking

Realigning Health with Care

This article explains the current state and focus of the U.S. healthcare system and describes it’s shortcomings.  The authors propose a widening of definitions in regards to product, place, and provider in an effort to allow for cheaper health interventions such as community health worker programs.  This article also evaluates the different ways in which healthcare in the U.S.

Sustainable Financing Models for Community Health Worker Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice

The focus of this report is on the financial sustainability of Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in the state of Connecticut.  The goal of this research is to find a way in which Connecticut can develop an effective program that utilizes CHWs to improve patient health outcomes and achieve a level of positive financial return.  This report worked within the boundaries of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model (SIM), a federally funded grant to aid in transforming healthcare systems from state to state, in order to ensure a possible funding source for the resulting new programs.  The repor

Reaching Communities for Child Health: Advancing Health Outcomes through Multi-Sectoral Approaches

This paper explores the effectiveness of child health interventions and how to improve health care access for children, mothers, and caregivers. Multi-sectoral approaches, including utilization of community-based programming and community health workers, can help extend the reach of health care to these populations.

CHWs and Mental Health: Equipping community health workers with essential skills for addressing mental health and violence in the home

This full version of a previous feature goes into detail about CHWs and mental health. CHWs encounter psychosocial issues on a daily basis, but their training does not cover this area. This paper discusses the role CHWs can potentially fill in regards to mental health care, the evidence showing the effectiveness of such care, and World Vision’s approach to training CHWs in mental health care issues.  

Review of Community- based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in the Post-emergency Context: Synthesis of Lessons on Integration of CMAM into National Health Systems

Humanitarian crises are often marked by large-scale, externally funded, and vertically managed responses. National health systems, already weak, are often bypassed by international organizations in the interest of rapid response to save lives. There is growing recognition, however, of the importance of employing more sustainable approaches through existing health system infrastructure to ensure services continue as the emergency subsides and organizations and their resource flows end.

USAID Community Health Framework: Distilling decades of Agency experience to drive 2030 Global Goals

The community health framework is intended to support Ministries of Health in developing and strengthening programs for improved community health outcomes. The intention is for USAID missions and other advisors to use the framework to structure a dialogue, develop recommendations, and foster continuous learning with Ministries of Health. This presentation is a fantastic resource for understanding and supporting community health programs and networks. 

Monitoring and Evaluating the Transition of Large-Scale Programs in Global Health

Monitoring and evaluating large-scale global health program transitions can strengthen accountability, facilitate stakeholder engagement, and promote learning about the transition process and how best to manage it. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for 4 main domains relevant to transitions— leadership, financing, programming, and service delivery—along with guiding questions and illustrative indicators to guide users through key aspects of monitoring and evaluating transition.

A framework for integrating childhood tuberculosis into community-based child health care

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 500,000 children each year are diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and 64,000 HIV-negative children die annually due to TB. The true burden of childhood TB is unknown; children are often undiagnosed and therefore do not receive appropriate care. Childhood TB is often seen with other common childhood illnesses such as HIV/ AIDS, pneumonia and malnutrition, and should be considered in sick children, particularly in areas of high TB burden.

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