Decisions about whether and how to finance and support close-to-community community health programming are best driven by evidence about what “works,” but a recent study by Meghan Bruce Kumar and her team suggests that the evidence base is limited. The researchers took a look at financing decisions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawai, and Mozambique to model their decision making … [Read more...] about How do decision-makers use evidence in community health policy and financing decisions? A qualitative study and conceptual framework in four African countries.
Pandemic response requires a trusted community-based workforce. Economic theory on incentives for public health workers (PHWs) informs recruitment and management of frontline health workers. The authors surveyed PHWs in India and utilized the data and economic theory to outline health worker incentives and policy responses for pandemics. … [Read more...] about Strengthening Public Health Systems : Policy Ideas from a Governance Perspective (English)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) incorporates a plan for CHW integration to improve access to healthcare for marginalized populations. The authors argue that the PPACA provides an opportunity to sustain CHW programs and improve care. … [Read more...] about Integrating Community Health Workers Within Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Implementation
To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and … [Read more...] about Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM): Updated Program Functionality Matrix for Optimizing Community Health Programs
The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog is a one-stop ‘shop’ for information on community health policies and programs across 25 countries, including extensive information on CHWs. Developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, it provides policymakers, program managers, researchers and donors with policy data to advance community health research, programming, and advocacy efforts. … [Read more...] about The Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog