I was driving home from a field visit at the end of a workday when I ran over a pothole and damaged my car. I heard the popping sound right before feeling the weight of my car drop from underneath me, like it had been swallowed by the road. I went into sheer panic looking in the rear view mirror hoping cars would slow down and see that I was stopped in the middle of the street. … [Read more...] about Community Health Workers are Underpaid, We Deserve Better!
The relationship between the national and county governments in Kenya has been characterized by numerous disagreements, with the health sector being one of the most affected. These disagreements have caused significant delays in service delivery, resulting in a negative impact on the health of the Kenyan population. In an effort to address these issues, the President, Dr. … [Read more...] about Kenya’s Health Sector Hangs in the Balance: An Opinion on the Impasse between the National and County Governments
In underserved populations, the contribution of community health workers (CHWs) is vital to the healthcare system. Preparing the health workforce to work towards the attainment of a country’s health objectives represents one of the most important challenges for its health system. In Kenya, the government established its community health worker (CHW) program in 2006 as a key … [Read more...] about Kenya’s Community Health Workers Shortage Undermines Universal Health Care
If you’re a CHW, at some point in life, you may have learned how to care for others' needs before your own. Our lived experiences make us experts on being in service of other people. But, sometimes we become so focused on caring for our community that we neglect our own needs. For a long time, anytime someone used the phrase "take care of yourself," I had no idea what that … [Read more...] about CHWs and Wellness: Your Care Matters Too!
Historically, and across professions, supervision has been an endeavor of task oversight and punitive, critical corrective actions. Supportive supervision is considered the best practice for community health worker (CHW) in international settings and includes collaborative reviews, observations, monitoring, constructive feedback, participation, problem solving, training, and … [Read more...] about Proudly a Community Health Assistant supervising CHVs