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Community Health Workers: Connecting Communities and

Details: Community health workers (CHWs) are essential to achieving positive health outcomes and advancing health equity in the United States. Yet they are not sufficiently integrated into school healthcare systems. The authors of this article emphasize the important role CHWs play in connecting school-aged children and their families to necessary community resources and call for the greater

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The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog

Details: 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

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Tanzania’s Community-based Health Program

Details: Modern Community Health Workers in Tanzania inherited a history dating as far back as eight decades. Each worker is trained to provide village health interventions and other essential preventative services and is required to have obtained a secondary education prior to training. Despite a long and established history, Tanzania requires a needs assessment to assess the cumulative value of

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The Community-Based Healthcare System of Afghanistan

Details: The Afghanistan CHW program is part of the community-based health care (CBHC) component of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS), which was developed in 2003 after the end of 25 years of violence and conflict. At the present time, there are approximately 19,000 CHWs.

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Ethiopia’s Health Extension Program

Details: The Health Extension Program and expansion of PHC have made a strong contribution to these results. Author Affiliations. Zufan Abera Damtew is a Former Director, Health Extension and Primary Health Service Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health.

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Ethiopian Community Health Worker Programs

Details: Tier 1 is made up of PHC units comprising a health center (one health center for 15,000–25,000 people) and five satellite health posts (one health post for 3,000–5,000 people) along with woreda hospitals, each serving 60,000–100,000 people.

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Liberia’s National Community Health Worker Programs

Details: The health landscape in Liberia emphasizes preventative and curative services. Community Health Assistants surveil emerging challenges to managing issues related to communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, and other health service needs experienced within local communities. They work in tandem with Community Health Service …

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Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification and Training

Details: based health programs and organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, have recognized the value of the culturally skilled lay health worker as the link between underserved populations and healthcare providers (e.g., CDC, 2004; APHA 2002).

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PAKISTAN’S LADY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAM

Details: By: Rose Zulliger . Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs was derived from the Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policymakers, edited by Henry Perry, Lauren Crigler, and Steve Hodgins.. Originally published in May 2014 by USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health

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CHW BPG for CHW Programs in Health Care Settings

Details: There is a growing movement among health care organizations to adopt the Community Health Worker (CHW) model as part of their system as a way to provide comprehensive care to patients and community members. At the same time there is uncertainty about how to implement the CHW model to obtain the triple aim of health care – better . Guidelines

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Governance of community health worker programs in a

Details: The community health worker program in the Philippines The Philippines, along with the 192 members states of the United Nations, committed to achieving the 17 SDGs in September 2015 [1]. In 2019, building on de-cades of health care sector reform, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Act bringing

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Supervision of Community Health Workers

Details: Supervision of CHWs is a core health systems function that is often poorly understood and undervalued. Supervision is often incorrectly viewed as policing or as an unnecessary expense, but as this chapter shows, when supervision is properly designed and implemented, it can yield significant rewards in terms of quality of care, productivity, and

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Moving from Local to Global: Expanding World Vision’s

Details: The Frontline Health Workers Coalition released a report [3] proposing a methodology for defining CHWs and capturing diverse cadres under a single definition, launched at Health Systems Global in 2014. Since that time, we have been working on standardized reporting with national offices and exploring the feasibility of the Frontline Health

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Malawi’s Community Health Worker Program

Details: Prompted by supply chain and health quality constraints, in 2017 Malawi launched the National Community Health Strategy to develop a workforce capable of providing lifesaving interventions for serious childhood illnesses and educating about disease prevention. Health Surveillance Assistants receive 12 weeks of training to provide comprehensive services, including services such as growth

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Using Community Health Workers to Support TB Patients: the

Details: Partners In Health is a Boston-based NGO who’s mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.

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The Community Health Agent Program of Brazil

Details: The history of the health system is well-characterized by Paim and colleagues in the recent Lancet Series on Brazil. 1 Briefly, the health system was shaped by the country’s tumultuous history. Public health was institutionalized under the Vargas dictatorship in the 1930s and 1940s, and the first MOH was later formed in 1953.

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Uganda’s Village Health Teams Program

Details: Community Health Workers in Uganda work as members of Village Health Teams (VHTs). The VHTs Program was established in 2001 as a cost-effective way to link communities with health services. VHTs support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to bring health services closer to the population. Implementation

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CHWs Addressing Addiction

Details: Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an integral role in addressing these social determinants of health along with ensuring access to care to those most in need. [1] Although CHWs play a pivotal role in disease management, there is a dearth of published literature on their contributions, activities, and influence in supporting patients with

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Rwanda’s Community Health Worker Progam

Details: Summary. Background. The Rwanda CHW Program was established in 1995, aiming at increasing uptake of essential maternal and child clinical services through education of pregnant women, promotion of healthy behaviors, and follow-up and linkages to health services. 1 An estimated 45,000 CHWs operating at the village level provide the first line of health service delivery.

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Community Health Work Under Occupation: Towards the

Details: H4P is a community health worker (CHW) program that focuses on non-communicable diseases and psychological trauma related to the historical and ongoing colonial violence that so profoundly mark trajectories of Palestinian refugee wellness. The program’s goal is to generate a people-centered grassroots health movement that will coordinate with

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Ward-Based Primary Health Care Outreach Teams in South Africa

Details: South African Community Health Workers collaborate on interdisciplinary health teams to provide health prevention and promotion services for chronic health conditions. Each worker receives twelve months of training to provide primarily home-based care. Country-wide implementation of the South African program has been slow to implement, and no formal impact evaluations have been conducted to date.

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IRAN’S COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAM

Details: The Health House is the first contact between the rural population and health providers in the PHC network. Each Health House provides MCH care, FP services, health education, environmental and occupational health services, and disease control activities. CHWs conduct home visits. The Health House facilitates referrals to higher levels of care.

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Kenya’s Community Health Volunteer Program

Details: A new Community Health Policy is expected to be released in 2020. Kenya’s community-based health workers are called Community Health Volunteers (CHVs). CHVs deliver services in a defined geographical area location called a Community Health Unit. These Community Health Units are composed of approximately 5,000 people (or 1,000 households) and

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ZAMBIA’S COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Details: The community Health Assistant (HA) Program is an emerging national initiative to bring PHC as close to the home as possible. The first community HAs were trained during 2011–12 and deployed in late 2012. The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) aims to scale the program nationally to over 5,000 community HAs using a phased approach.1.

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Myanmar’s Community-Based Health Workers

Details: Myanmar hosts a wide range of community health workers, including Malaria and TB Volunteers, Maternal Health Workers, and Village Health Workers. The government has invested significant resources into strategic planning to ensure that these workers cover the country’s most pressing public health challenges. Training length and intensity and the type of supervision varies based on topic and

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NIGER’S PROGRAM OF AGENTS DE SANTÉ COMMUNAUTAIRE …

Details: Summary Background. Niger’s current CHW program originates from a village health worker program founded in the mid 1960’s, which primarily served the rural Maradi region 1. Health initiatives in the early 21st century began the development of a two-tiered CHW program (comprised of both paid workers and volunteers) and the construction of health posts out of which Niger’s CHWs operate, of

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Rwanda’s Community Health Worker Program

Details: The Community Health Worker program in Rwanda emerged in 1995 after years of instability degraded health infrastructure and outcomes. Today, Rwanda maintains a workforce of nearly 45,000 workers who provide services such as maternal check-ins and age-appropriate health assessments. These workers are globally recognized as a key driver of Rwanda’s early achievement of Millennium Development

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What Motivates Community Health Workers

Details: By: Dr. Rebecca Furth. This is the eleventh chapter of the CHW Reference Guide produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health project.. Policy makers, program managers, and donors are frequently preoccupied by the question of what incentives to

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Zambia’s Community Health Assistants (CHAs)

Details: Zambia’s Community Health Assistants (CHAs) This brief is an outline of Zambia’s community health assistant (CHA) program detailing the impact of a nationwide salaried cadre of CHWs. The report includes how CHAs are recruited, trained, and deployed in rural areas of Zambia. The impact of CHA programs was found to include: task shifting and

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Accreditation/Certification

Details: Impact of Community Health Worker Certification on Workforce and Service Delivery for Asthma and Other Selected Chronic Diseases. This study aimed to examine the relationship between CHW certification and CHW outcomes, such as recruitment and retention. It also strived to describe the association between certification and health outcomes for

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CHWs and Mental Health: Equipping community health workers

Details: Community health workers caring for pregnant women can be taught to recognize signs of psychosocial distress and employ supportive listening techniques, provide education about stress reduction techniques, as well as making a referral to specialist support if required, and indeed, available.

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The Government Family Welfare Assistants, Health

Details: Dena Javadi is Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva, Switzerland. Jessica Gergen is a Public Interest Data Designer, Visualst, Maputu, Mozambique. Henry B. Perry is a Senior Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Baltimore, MD, USA; Read more

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Sierra Leone’s Community Health Workers

Details: Sierra Leone has a long history of “siloed” vertical community-based health programs. Its first National Community Health Worker (CHW) Policy was launched in 2012, providing an umbrella under which some of these previously established programs moved toward harmonization. After 3 years of experience and many lessons learned during the West

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Women in the changing world of community health work

Details: Roles within the health workforce are highly gendered and health systems rely on a foundation of health workers that are often female, informal, poorly remunerated and poorly supported. Globally, it is estimated around 70% of CHWs are female and those unpaid are most likely to be female. In many contexts, the job is on a voluntary basis.

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Equity and Community Health Workers: Redefining Community

Details: Equity and Community Health Workers: Redefining Community Health. By: Hector Carrasco, MD, MPH Jessica Hinshaw, MPH, Harriet Napier, MSc, Stephanie Kang, MSc, Sandy Hoar, PGDip, MPAS, PA-C. In 1920, almost one hundred years ago, the first community health worker (CHW) program was established in China. The Farmer Scholars, later called Barefoot

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Policy for Community Health Workers in Sierra Leone

Details: Health systems in Sierra Leone are undergoing considerable change, often in a context of ongoing health sector reforms. In Sierra Leone, decentralization of health services is very central to these changes, and consequently there is a need to prepare and empower those working at the district level for their new responsibilities and tasks.

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The Global Health Media Project – Training Videos for

Details: Global Health Media Project is filling a critical niche with clear practical instructional videos that support training in resource-limited settings worldwide. Conveniently designed for mobile devices and freely available under our Creative Commons license, the videos provide opportunities to leverage the Internet to provide information that is

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Nepal’s Community Health Worker System

Details: 52,000 Female Community Health Volunteers serve as part of the Nepali community health workforce. These part-time volunteers primarily support health education, counseling, outreach, and resource distribution. Each volunteer receives counseling, supplies, and other resources from their respective health center on a monthly basis. Their cumulative efforts have contributed to Nepal’s global

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INDONESIA’S COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (KADERS)l

Details: The program’s goal was to decrease infant and child mortality, improve FP acceptance, improve nutrition, and empower the community through community health activities. 1. Implementation. A posyandu is a health post in the community that is staffed by kaders. Kaders are almost exclusively women and are chosen by and from within the community

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Are we doing enough for the mental well-being of Community

Details: Fifty-seven percent of organisations involved in the survey noticed mental health signs and symptoms such as anxiety, depression and stress among CHWs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 50 percent of organisations provided some mental health support to CHWs such as online training and peer support via WhatsApp.

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RWANDA’S COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAMr

Details: RWANDA’S COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAMr Summary Background The Rwanda CHW Program was established in 1995, aiming at increasing uptake of essential maternal and child clinical services through education of pregnant women, promotion of healthy behaviors, and follow-up and linkages to health services.1 An estimated 45,000 CHWs operating

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REACH Su Comunidad: A Community Health Worker Initiative

Details: By: In recent years, community health workers (CHWs) have gained recognition as an important part of the health care system. At the same time, it has become increasingly clear that a person’s environment has a far greater impact on their health and wellbeing than access to health care or use of health …

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The BRAC Shasthya Shebika Community Health Worker In

Details: While officially Bangladesh has a health system involving a three-tier service delivery system from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) with a comprehensive network of public facilities at tertiary, secondary, and primary levels, in practice it is quite pluralistic and unregulated, with low utilization of public sector health

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CHWs and the Pandemic Response: A Year in Review

Details: Community health workers across the world served a pivotal role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was among many who commended CHWs for their essential role during the pandemic (Business Ghana, 2020). But kind words without supportive action contribute little to the challenges faced by CHWs.

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