Authors: Rachel L. Deitz, Leah H. Hellerstein, Sara M. St. George, Daniel Palazuelos, and Trisha E. Schimek
Having social connections acts as a buffer against poor health and well-being. CHWs provide communities with an opportunity to strengthen social connectedness by living and working in the same locality. Rachel Deitz surveyed three towns in Chiapas, Mexico to understand local perspectives on the social benefits of a CHW-enhanced community clinic. Results of interviews indicated that local communities believed their CHW-enhanced community clinics contributed significantly to social connectedness and stability among the community.
Link: A qualitative study of social connectedness and its relationship to community health programs in rural Chiapas, Mexico
Resource Topic: CHW Role
Resource Type: Research
Region: North America (U.S. and Canada)