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"How Community Health Workers Act As A ‘Bridge’ For Patients Needing Extra Help"


For the month of September, the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign and mPowering Frontline Health Workers are supporting HIFA to hold an in-depth exploration around the need for improved data on community health worker (CHW) programs, and how we can meet these needs in the post-2015 era.  Click here to learn more and join the discussion.


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Video Spotlight

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

Community Health Workers build bridges between communities and health services.

Robin Hammond, 2011

From reproductive health to nutrition to care for chronic conditions, community health workers are being asked to help communities become healthier, particularly in areas where professional health workers are scarce.

Ibby Caputo; WGBH, 2013

Evidence shows that trained CHWs can diagnose and treat children under 5 for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, while teaching parents to provide care at home.

Caroline Grogan, 2008

Program Context: Public health continues to move toward a holistic community approach. This transition requires the participation of historically marginalized populations in policy, systems, and environmental work to address the social determinants of health that perpetuate health disparities. Equity has become a buzzword in the field. However, to truly achieve equity, it is necessary to analyze the history of disinvestment in marginalized communities and the importance of their participation and leadership in creating sustainable change.1 The Community Health Worker, or Promotor, model can be an effective strategy in health education and disease prevention by fostering lasting relationships of trust and messaging within and between communities.2 Over the last twenty-five years, promotores at Latino Health Access (LHA) in Santa Ana, CA have successfully helped community members to transition from recipients of services to agents of change.

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