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

The Opioid Crisis and the Role of Community Health Workers

The epidemic of opioid addiction has spread at a rapid pace across the United States since the 1990s. A number of medical and non medical factors have contributed to its progression. As such, Community Health Workers play an important role in addressing social determinants of health and ensuring access to care. 

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes): A new model for educating primary care providers about treatment of substance use disorders

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health care Outcomes) is an effort focused at providing training and mentorship to primary care providers for management of patients with complex conditions. This article looks at teleECHO, a clinic based out of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center which aims to benefit individuals suffering from behavioural health and substance use disorders. 

Driving the precision medicine highway: community health workers and patient navigators

Despite the availability of precision medicine – treatments tailored to patient’s particular needs based on their genetic make-up, environment and other factors – many minority or underserved populations do not have access to or cannot understand information related to precision medicine. This study proposes a coordinated expansion of community health worker and patient navigator roles to translate information to patients and expand access to precision medicine. 

Rethinking integrated nutrition‐health strategies to address micronutrient deficiencies in children under five in Mozambique

 
This paper presents the results of a study using trained CHWs to compare in-person auditory brainstem response (ABR). The intervention linked CHWs to  a tele-medicine approach  in a community-based pediatric hearing screening program; it concludes that a tele-medicine approach is viable.

A community-based diabetes group pilot incorporating a community health worker and photovoice methodology in an urban primary care practice

Over a three-month period, this study evaluated a community-based diabetes self-management intervention that incorporated photovoice and community health workers to identify diabetes management approaches that work in an African American community.

Participants' perceptions of interactions with community health workers who promote behavior change: a qualitative characterization from participants with normal, depressive, and anxious mood states

This study attempts to characterize the relationship dynamics between Latino participants and CHWs from the participant's perspective to determine if CHW-delivered community interventions affect behavior change among participants who reported anxiety and depression.

Health policy and system support to optimise community health worker programmes: an abridged WHO guideline

This abridged version of the WHO CHW guideline, provides a snapshot for policy makers, planners and managers on the evidence and recommendations for improving  community health worker program optimization

 

Effect of Community Health Worker Support on Clinical Outcomes of Low-Income Patients Across Primary Care Facilities-A Randomized Clinical Trial

This randomized trial sort to assess whether a standardized intervention delivered by community health workers can be effective for improving clinical outcomes. The results showed that indeed they could improve patient-perceived quality.

 

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