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

A conversation with Dr. Jacques Sebisaho on working with CHWs in conflict settings

Dr. Palazuelos sits down with Jacques Sebisaho from Amani Global Works, an NGO based in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the island of Idjwi. Amani Global Works aims to provide healthcare for those in need and create a replicable model for care across Africa. Drawing from Jacques’s experiences as the founder of the organization, Dan and Jacques share personal stories about life, compassion, and danger working on the front lines of community health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and beyond.

Rural, Remote and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America’s Cities

Over 60 million people reside outside cities in the United States. These populations often face higher rates of diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and suicide. While no specific cause for these disparities have been identified, environmental differences, education gaps and workforce shortages could be potential causes. This article presents 5 strategies for improving public health in rural America. Establishing a strong network of community health workers is highly recommended for improved health outcomes.

Salaried and voluntary community health workers: exploring how incentives and expectation gaps influence motivation

This study presents a comparative analysis of linkages between incentives and motivation of CHWs using existing datasets of qualitative studies across six countries. Taking into consideration both salaried and volunteered CHWs the study critically examines the varied influence of incentives on motivation in given different conditions of employment and engagement.   

The impact of paid community health worker deployment on child survival: the connect randomized cluster trial in rural Tanzania

This paper presents the results of a non-masked cluster randomized trail conducted in three districts in rural Tanzania. The study  looked at the impact of deploying paid community health workers (CHWs) to provide door-to-door services on child survival. The services provided included preventive, promotional and curative antenatal, newborn child and reproductive health care.  

Identifying Medication Management Confidence and Gaps in Training Among Community Health Workers in the United States

Community health workers (CHWs) increasingly engaged to provide  accessible and affordable serviced that are responsive to patient needs. This cross-sectional study looks at understanding CHW confidence in medication management to identify areas of focus for improving CHW medication management training.

Home visits by community health workers for pregnant mothers and newborns: coverage plateau in Malawi

Globally, home visits by community health workers (CHWs) during pregnancy and soon after delivery are recommended to contribute to newborn survival. With the ever-expanding roles of CHWs can health systems ensure   sufficient home visit coverage? This study looks at the results of a population-based survey conducted in the Ntcheu district of Malawi. It focuses primarily on understanding the feasibility and coverage of home visits post the implantation of the Malawi Ministry of Health’s Community-Based Maternal and Newborn Care (CBMNC) package.

Clinical evaluation of the use of an mhealth intervention on quality of care provided by Community Health Workers in southwest Niger

As part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) integrated community case management (iCCM) Rapid Access Expansion Program (RAcE), World Vision Niger and Canada worked with the Niger Ministry of Health to enable implementation of iCCM in four districts of Niger in 2013. This paper presents a two-arm cluster randomized trial which looked at the impact of an mhealth approach focused on improving quality of care (QoC) deployed by community health works.

Role of community health worker in a mobile health program for early detection of oral cancer

Increased incidence of oral cancer is largely seen in low-resource settings. This study looked at the use of a mobile phone based oral cancer screening program  carried out by community health workers (CHWs). The CHWs screened for mucosal lesions and were able to use the mHealth (mobile health) approach effectively.

Are community health workers more effective in identifying persons in need of home and community-based long-term services than standard-passive approaches

Consumers are known to show a preference for home and community based long-term care (LTC) services (HCBS) but they are often unaware of the services available to them. This study examined the role of community health workers (CHWs) in helping Medicaid beneficiaries meet their LTC needs as compared to the use of standard HCBS outreach processes.

Community healthcare worker response to childhood disorders: Inadequacies and needs

Community health workers (CHWs) are a vital link between health facilities and communities with a high prevalence of childhood disorders. However, there is a dearth of literature which suggests that CHWs are adequately skilled and trained for this task. This study looks at the training needs of CHWs in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

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