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Community Health Workers

Closing the Immunization Gap: Bringing Vaccines to Doorsteps of Families and Households

Dr. Tedros Adhanom | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Dr. Tedros Adhanom

As World Immunization Week comes to a close today, it is an opportune time to reflect on the progress made to date with vaccine preventable illnesses....

What Community Health Workers Can Teach Us

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

And let's do remember that that same power of relationship influences the quality of our everyday visits with our health professionals. And, what someone with a chronic illness decides to do, and not do, when they leave their doctor's office.

The Secret of Mali's Ebola Response Success, and How It Could Transform Child Health

Andy Bryant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Muso This is a guest post by Dr. Ari Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Muso. Last year, Mali rapidly shut down its Ebola outbreak. Yester...

What We Can Learn From Women Living in the "Saddest" Country on Earth

Andy Bryant | Posted 08.20.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

How did the women of Togo become so isolated, even within Sub-Saharan Africa? I'll provide a bit of history; after all, this might be the first time you are hearing about this small country.

Strengthening Health Systems Through a New Global Development Framework

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

As the Sustainable Development Goals prepare to pick up where the Millennium Development Goals left off, what sort of changes can we anticipate in how the goals will be implemented by member states, civil society leaders, NGOs, and other organizations around the world

New Report Shows That Investing in Community Health Workers Is Essential for Improving Health, Strengthening Economy, and Preventing the Next Ebola

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 07.20.2016 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

A year after the ebola epidemic took hold, we know that stronger, integrated community-based delivery systems are necessary to help prevent such outbreaks and support progress against the top killers of women and children -- especially malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.

Investing in Community Health Workers Is Essential for Preventing the Next Ebola

Raj Panjabi | Posted 07.16.2016 | Impact
Raj Panjabi

While the fight against Ebola continues in Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, one vital measure for epidemic preparedness has emerged: a robust community health system.

A Call to Scale-Up Community Health Workers

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

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 systems in our countries to achieve universal health coverage.

A Close Look at What ACA Navigators Do to Help People Get Covered

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.07.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

To get a sense of what these people do every day, we caught up with Cliff Clark, Program Director for NCLR Affiliate MHP Salud, which offers navigator assistance to the Rio Grande Valley. MHP Salud is a community-based organization that specializes in community health worker programs.

Heirloom Health Care for the Poor

Barry Segal | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Heirloom tomatoes are an important counter-point to large-scale production. They are not grown to challenge the conventional tomato market but to create a local alternative of higher quality. Now let's apply the same logic to global health care.

The Nutrition for Growth Summit One Year Later: Big Plans Require Bigger Investment in Local Capacity

Kathy Spahn | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

If we fail to start making more meaningful investment in this kind of capacity development now, we may well find ourselves still struggling with inadequate health systems and limited human resource capacity not only come 2020, but 20 years down the road and beyond.

Community Health Workers Are a Key Part of a Strong Health System

Marion Roche | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Marion Roche

Sylvia, a community health worker in Guatemala, helps mothers in her community to treat diarrhoea with zinc and ORS.In poorer countries and communitie...

The Next Big Thing: Connecting Insured to Care

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

As the health policy world moves beyond just enrollment, community health workers -- and sustainable and integrated funding sources for them -- should be part of the conversation at the federal, state and local levels.

Rowing Together: How Public Health Supports the 'Upstream' Doctor

Brian Castrucci | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Veronica's story illustrates how clinicians can effectively address the social determinants of health by using tools that assess a patient's community and environmental circumstances, as well as by including non-medical providers as part of a health care team.

Backpacks That Save Lives? You Bet!

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

For millions of parents and children in the developing world, the glimpse of a backpack on a health worker is a sign of security, of hope, and the promise of a healthier child.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods: Resilience in the Context of Health

Mushtaque Chowdhury | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Mushtaque Chowdhury

The world has made impressive progress in health over the past few decades, leading to untold lives being saved. Just as risk managers have learned it is impossible to eliminate risk, the public health community is learning the value of building resilience.

Community Superheroes Assemble -- Get Out the Vote This Election Day!

Mac Grambauer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mac Grambauer

November 6 is about more than one candidate or one ballot measure or even one outcome. It's about every eligible citizen taking responsibility for the power they've been given and using it. It's about making our voices heard. It's about more than ourselves.

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.

Breakthrough In Saving Lives In Rural Africa

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 03.18.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

The campaign for 1 million community health workers has begun. Become part of the effort.

What Health Care Can Learn From Auto Repair

James R. Knickman | Posted 11.12.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

Many say we need to train more primary care doctors. This is a good long-term goal, but in the short term, we need to use all of our primary care professionals as efficiently as possible.

How Communities Can End AIDS

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

We're now 30 years since AIDS was first identified as a killer disease, and roughly a decade since the world finally got organized to fight the pandemic. Against all odds, we are now succeeding in turning the tide of the epidemic.

Community Health Workers: Bridging the Health Care Gap

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

In our discussions about primary care, we should include a part of our health workforce that plays an important role in improving outcomes: community health workers.

Fighting Diabetes Must Begin and End with Prevention

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

Although it's encouraging to see so much media coverage of diabetes, little attention has been paid to the primary tool in the fight against it: prevention.

Breakthrough Village Results for Integrated Rural Needs

John W. McArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John W. McArthur

This week the New York Times profiled the early results of the Millennium Villages in Sauri, Kenya. The article by Jeffrey Gettleman highlights the co...