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

Should community health workers offer support healthcare services to survivors of sexual violence? a systematic review

This paper evaluates the existing studies on the role of community health workers in sexual violence services. The authors found a lack of research on the topic, though the limited studies indicate that incorporating community health workers may be beneficial. However, more research is needed into the potential issues and harms that may come from community health workers providing services for sexual violence.

Strengthening the Healthy Start Workforce: A Mixed-Methods Study to Understand the Roles of Community Health Workers in Healthy Start and Inform the Development of a Standardized Training Program

The authors conducted a mixed-methods study to understand the roles of community health workers and design a standardized training curriculum. An organizational survey and discussion groups resulted in the development of a core set of competencies to incorporate into a Healthy Start community health workers training program. 

Exploring knowledge and attitudes toward non-communicable diseases among village health teams in Eastern Uganda: a cross-sectional study

This study investigated knowledge and attitudes towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among community health workers in village health teams (VHTs) in Eastern Uganda through a questionnaire and four focus group discussions.VHT members had some knowledge and awareness of NCDs, but lacked information about NCDs in their specific communities. VHTs see a potential role for themselves in addressing NCDs. 

Illness recognition and care-seeking for maternal and newborn complications in rural eastern Uganda

The authors conducted a cross-sectional study using 48 event narratives and 6 focus group discussions. Upon analyzing the collected qualitative data, it was found that community health workers and women's saving groups improved illness recognition, decision-making, care-seeking for maternal and newborn illness. 

An NGO-Implemented Community–Clinic Health Worker Approach to Providing Long-Term Care for Hypertension in a Remote Region of Southern India

This report discusses the implementation of a program that trained community health workers in southern India to identify hypertensive patients, refer them to a physician, and assist with lifestyle interventions and medications. 

Contribution of community health workers to surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases in the Obala health district

This is a cross-sectional descriptive study examining the effectiveness of community health workers controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the Obala health district. The authors found that community health workers provide community-based surveillance that is critical to controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the Obala health district.

Monitoring of hearing and language in primary health care: project pilot

This paper examines the feasibility of implementing a monitoring program for neonatal hearing conducted by community health workers. The results from the first six months were unsatisfactory; training may address some of the issues in implementing this monitoring program.

Community health systems: allowing community health workers to emerge from the shadows

In this correspondence to the Lancet: Global Health, the authors address the role and potential of community health systems with institutionalized community health workers. 

Community Health Workers Bring Cost Savings to Patient-Centered Medical Homes

This paper examines the cost savings that can result from integrating CHWs into patient-centered medical homes.

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