Video Spotlight

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

September 13th, 2019 1:00PM (EST US)




CHWs have an important role to play in improving equitable access to care across contexts and conditions: from remote areas to the urban poor, conflict zones, chronic illnesses and rare diseases. Join us for short presentations and an engaging discussion with the authors of the CHW Health Equity Series on meeting the needs of underserved populations through community health worker programs and services within and outside the United States.

Webinar Summary

Community Health Worker (CHW) programs have come a long way since their advent in China nearly a century ago. The Chinese “Barefoot Doctors” would take vital statistics, deliver vaccines, provide first aid and give health talks. This program served as a model for community based primary health care which inspired the leaders of the Alma Ata conference in 1978 to call for access to healthcare for all people world over.

Now in the 21st century, we are still working towards the Alma Ata goal for health equity along with tackling new challenges such as climate change, aging populations, non-communicable diseases, mental health and emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika. These challenges are complex and require several integrative approaches which combine community outreach, policy and clinical modes of addressing them.

This webinar will probe salient issues raised in the case studies presented in the Health Equity feature series presented by CHW Central last spring and during the APHA side session on community health equity carried out in November 2018. Questions will focus on how CHWs act as an integral component in a multistory multifaceted approach to addressing evolving universal health requirements.

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