CHW Central is proud to partner with the following organizations, all committed to strengthening community health workers.
Community Health Impact Coalition The Community Health Impact Coalition (CHIC) is a field catalyst that exists to make professionalized community health workers (CHWs) a norm worldwide. Made up of implementing organizations and technical partners operating in over thirty countries around the world, CHIC accelerates the uptake of high-impact community health systems design by identifying practices that lead to quality care delivery and by accompanying partners to adopt those practices.
Core Group Our challenge is to improve the health and well-being of traditionally underserved populations globally who are not making progress towards the MDGs. The CORE Group is uniquely positioned to bridge this gap by helping governments and NGOs effectively reach the community level, integrate community strategies into the national health plan, and respond to new and emerging health issues that arise. Since 1997, we have fostered partnerships around the world to provide mothers, fathers, and community leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to improve the health of children.
Dimagi Founded in 2002 out of MIT’s Media Lab, Dimagi is a software social enterprise that develops technologies to improve service delivery in underserved communities. Dimagi operates on the belief that enabling high-quality mobile solutions at scale can impact millions of people’s lives by transforming frontline programs’ ability to deliver high-value services at the last mile. Active in 50+ countries, Dimagi’s technology platform CommCare and services have supported 500+ projects and hundreds of diverse partners, including governmental ministries, the United Nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Google, Microsoft, Dannon, Novartis, GE, Intel, GlaxoSmithKline, World Bank, NIH, MIT, Harvard and many others.
Financing Alliance for Health (FAH) is a multi-organizational partnership that works with governments on financing strategies for primary care and community health systems that operate at scale, and are financially sustainable over time. The FAH partners long-term with Ministries of Health (MOH) and Ministries of Finance (MOF) teams to develop financing pathways relevant to country context and to support resource mobilization within a changing financing landscape.
Heath Systems Global The Thematic Working Group within Health Systems Global brings together academics, policy makers and people implementing programmes to share, explore and understand the existing evidence base and generate new knowledge to ensure that community health worker programmes are accessible, equitable and efficient. This is underpinned by the notion that if we want to improve and scale up community health worker programmes we need evidence. Research on how to integrate these workers into the larger health system, manage, coordinate and incentivise community health workers, and monitor and evaluate the impacts of these programmes is crucial for guiding decision makers.
Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) HIFA is a dynamic global health community working to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information, especially in low- and middle-income countries where lack of information is a major contributor to avoidable death and suffering as a result of indecision, delay, misdiagnosis, and incorrect treatment. HIFA has 20,000 members (health professionals, librarians, publishers, researchers, policymakers, human rights activists and others) in almost every country, interacting on 6 global discussion forums in 4 languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish). HIFA works closely in collaboration with the World Health Organization and is supported by 400 health and development organisations worldwide. Website www.hifa.org Join here: www.hifa.org/joinhifa
IntraHealth International IntraHealth International is a global health nonprofit that has worked in over 100 countries since 1979 to improve the performance of health workers and strengthen the systems in which they work so that everyone everywhere has the health care they need to thrive. Because next-generation challenges in global health call for new and extraordinary partnerships, IntraHealth joins forces with governments, businesses, technologists, artists, activists, and more to cultivate local solutions with lasting results. IntraHealth’s programs generate long-term social and economic impact to keep communities healthy, strong, and prosperous. IntraHealth focuses on health workers because, without them, health care doesn’t happen.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health The Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has been engaged with projects that use community health workers since the founding of the Department 50 years ago in 1961. The pioneering Narangwal Project in North India in the late 1960s and early 1970s that was one of the first projects in the world to demonstrate a reduction of infant mortality through the use of CHWs supported by a health team as well the mortality impact of community-based diagnosis and treatment of childhood pneumonia. More recently, pioneering research led by its faculty has demonstrated the reduction in neonatal mortality achieved by using community health workers to provide home-based neonatal care.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs JHU∙CCP implements strategic communication programs and conducts research to enhance access to information and facilitate the exchange of knowledge to improve health and health care. JHU∙CCP is a recognized leader in the field of health communication, with extensive technical expertise and program experience in social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, and training and capacity building.
John Snow, Inc. JSI has long focused on building effective, scalable and sustainable programs by engaging community health workers (CHWs) in more than 20 countries. JSI has implemented large-scale CHW programs in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Pakistan, including over 300,000 volunteers, to bring improved health outcomes to their communities.
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association NWRPC is a membership association for community health centers (or Federally Qualified Health Centers) in federal region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington). NWRPCA’s mission is to strengthen community health centers in the Northwest by leveraging regional power and resources on their behalf. Community health centers are leaders in primary care innovation, patient-centeredness and team-based care, and play an essential role in helping to advance the emerging Community Health Worker workforce in the U.S. NWRPCA recognizes the critical role that Community Health Workers play in helping to create healthy, just, and sustainable communities, and supports Community Health Workers through advocacy, training, and peer-to-peer networking activities.
Partners In Health PIH’s mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
PIH draws on the resources of the world’s leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world’s poorest and sickest communities. At its root, PIH’s mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. PIH has decades of experience in partnering with community health workers to deliver high quality health care to those who need it the most.
The Penn Center for Community Health Workers is a national center of excellence dedicated to supporting community health workers in the achieving social justice and health equity. The center used participatory action research to design IMPaCT, a standardized, scalable model for hiring, training and supporting community health workers. IMPaCT has been tested in three randomized controlled trials and improves chronic disease control, mental health and quality of care while reducing total hospital days by 65%. IMPaCT has a $2.47:1 annual return on investment to payers and has been delivered to over 15,000 high-risk patients in the Philadelphia region. In the last three years, IMPaCT has become the most widely disseminated community health worker program in the United States; it is being replicated by community, healthcare and public health organizations across 20 different states.
US Agency for International Development USAID is the principal US federal government agency extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. An independent agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State, USAID supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances US foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, global health, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID’s Global Health Initiative includes a focus on “Improving human resources for health by training current and additional health workers; deploying workers; motivating, mentoring and retaining trained workers.” Supporting and expanding community-based health programs is a central component of USAID’s global health work.
CHW Central was originally supported by USAID through the Health Care Improvement Project.
World Vision International World Vision has prioritized the support of CHWs as a core methodology for achieving improved maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes at the household level. We have developed a programmatic approach drawing on internal and external best practice, including the HCI AIM tool, which focuses on strengthening community health systems, entailing the contextualization of best practice standards on a country-by-country basis. In partnership with national ministries of health, we review policies, systems, operations and resources, and negotiate strengthening measures. HCI-AIM and our own CHW training curriculum/methodology, monitoring tools and community system strengthening tools provide standards with which to review national resources and propose improvements.