Given the large-scale adoption and deployment of mobile phones by health services and frontline health workers (FHW), we aimed to review and synthesise the evidence on the feasibility and effectiveness of mobile-based services for healthcare delivery.
Healthy People 2020, the nation’s health objectives for the current decade, defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.” Such goals aren’t unfamiliar to public health practitioners.
CDC has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of CHWs in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities.
Policy Evidence Assessment Reports summarize the evidence bases for components of chronic disease policy. Evidence based policy can be used to prevent, control, and improve the outcomes of chronic disease, but the strength of the evidence for many components of policy is unknown. The Policy Evidence Assessment Reports are intended to inform researchers, evaluators, and practitioners about the strengths and limitations of the evidence bases for individual components of chronic disease policy interventions.
This guide provides information that may be helpful in various ways for organizations considering the employment of CHWs. It summarizes evidence-based best practices that organizations may wish to adopt or reinforce. It delineates possible quality indicators for high-quality CHW programs that may be used in discussions with payers. It provides background on key state policy matters related to the training and certification of CHWs that provider organizations may wish to influence. And it describes policy experts’ experiences and perspectives on options for reimbursement.
In Malawi, where the majority of the population resides in rural areas, community health workers (CHWs) are the first,
and often only, providers of health services. An assessment of health information needs, however, found that these
frontline workers often lacked essential health information. A pilot project, implemented in 2 rural districts of Malawi
between 2010 and 2011, introduced a mobile phone system to strengthen knowledge exchange within networks of
Welcome to Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policymakers (the CHW Reference Guide). This guide is a long and detailed volume that is not intended to be read from cover to cover but rather to be used as a document that can be referred to as specific issues or questions arise. In this sense, you will find some repetition. We have also tried to refer the reader to other chapters where appropriate because many topics and issues are covered in various ways in different chapters.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for the provision of healthcare to enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes either directly or through partnership with Tribal and Urban programs. It is a shared goal of all partners in the Indian health system to ensure universal access to high quality health care for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.
The IHS has four priorities aimed at system transformation; these priorities were established to meet current and future challenges of providing quality health care services for AI/ANs: