“Health for justice, justice for health” – these ideals outline the connection between health, human rights, and social justice. This is also the message the United Nations aims to promote through the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26th June 2019.
Imagine an online community, built intentionally to share expert public health knowledge and community-level experience with community health workers. What if this community connected rural CHWs with teams of expert CHWs and medical specialists, who mentored and coached them on the best ways to meet the social and health needs of their patients? What if these communities of practice transformed care provision by providing quality, ongoing training that leveraged case-based learning to achieve better patient outcomes for vulnerable populations across the globe? The ECHO model™ (Extension for Community Health Outcomes), developed at the University of New Mexico (UNM), is an example of just such an on-line approach to CHW training and mentorship that is strengthening CHW capabilities and support.