The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.
The Tool Box consists of 46 chapters with topics ranging from community assessment to strategic planning to leadership and management. Each chapter also contains a related toolkit that can be utilized by your organization or used as a teaching tool.
Through six sessions of therapy, health workers help patients generate solutions to their psychosocial and financial problems, develop coping skills to reduce anxiety, and engage in activities that will assist them in recovering. (2015)
In dozens of countries, tens of thousands of women and men get up each morning to travel miles over rough roads and across rivers and streams to provide primary health care in some of the world’s most remote, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach places. At any given moment, these people, known as Community Health Workers (CHWs), are monitoring Ebola contacts, counseling an HIV-positive person, surveying basic health needs, or helping a newborn at risk of pneumonia.
This post is co-authored with Sonia Sachs on behalf of the 1 Million CHW Campaign.
Public health officials and practitioners from around Africa and from international public and private organizations, businesses, and universities, met in Accra, Ghana June 9-11 to consider ways to scale-up the coverage of high-quality community health worker (CHW) systems in our countries to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). In the meeting they pledged to work together to speed the scale-up of CHW systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and issued the following urgent appeal.
This study looked at the effectiveness of CHW projects in rural Kenya that aimed to promote better maternal newborn health knowledge and to increase deliveries under skilled attendance. Some pieces of information that were examined included: relevant demographic items, knowledge about maternal and newborn health, and whether a retrospective birth history of women’s children using oral interviews of women were subject to CHW health delivery messages.
A systematic review of published research was conducted in order to understand factors that may influence the integration of national community-based health worker (CBHW) programs into low- and middle –income countries. Four programs – Brazil, Ethiopia, India, and Pakistan – met the inclusion criteria and were integrated into their specific health systems. Several factors were included that facilitated the integration process, as well as other factors that inhibited the integration process.
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.
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.
There is a growing movement among health care organizations to adopt the Community
Health Worker (CHW) model into their system as a way to provide comprehensive care
to patients and community members. At the same time there is uncertainty about how
to implement the CHW model to achieve better patient outcomes, higher quality of care,
and lower health care costs. With generous funding from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation,
the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in Chicago, IL embarked on a two-year project