Community Health

Community Health System

As the complex needs of people facing the double burden of health issues and socio-economic difficulties are increasingly identified and addressed, the importance of community-level health and social services is magnified. Improvement methods can be applied at the community level to address the quality and coverage of health and social welfare services, strengthen linkages between the community and the health system, and enhance the capacity of existing groups and networks to affect health issues in their own communities. 

A particular area of focus for improvement in community health is to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of programs that rely on community health workers (CHWs). Due to large catchment areas and numbers of households they are expected to cover, CHWs are frequently inadequate to provide services to all households needing them.  Although CHWs are usually linked to facilities, facility health care teams often do not have the time or capacity to address the challenges facing CHWs. Leveraging existing networks and indigenous structures to work together to improve the health of community members can improve CHWs’ acceptance, morale, and performance.

Our “Best 9” stories in 2017

Vicky Ramirez

Consultant, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Looking back, 2017 was a great year for us at ASSIST. In 2017, we were featured in USAID’s Exposure; we collaborated with a number of partners to publish ICHC Blog Series, which was cross-posted on The Huffington Post; and we ran a blog series in honor of Health Worker Week. After our resources page, our blog was the most visited page on our website. In case you missed some of these highlights, we’ve put together our “Best 9” stories. These posts illustrate the stories behind the great work employed by our country teams, partners, and individuals. Let us know which story you loved the most!

What are we learning about the process of implementing community client led HIV care?

Harriet Komujuni

Quality Improvement Officer, Uganda, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

In Uganda, health facilities have traditionally been responsible for distributing antiretroviral medications (ARVs) to HIV-positive clients; however, the health facilities are often crowded, which can lead to delays in service and discourage clients from adhering to their lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART). To reduce congestion within health facilities and better distribute essential medications to those in need, the new ART policy guidelines recommend a differentiated care approach to HIV care and treatment.

It takes a village: Partnerships to strengthen the system of regulation of health professions in Cambodia

Alyson Smith

Senior Advisor for Health Professions Regulation, USAID ASSIST Project

Silvia Holschneider

Senior Improvement Advisor for Reporting and Deliverables, USAID ASSIST Project

April 2 - 8, 2017 marks World Health Worker Week. We're honoring health workers in this blog series. Today's theme is "Partnerships."  

In Cambodia, each health profession is regulated by their respective independent Council—the Medical Council of Cambodia, the Dental Council of Cambodia, the Cambodian Midwives Council, the Cambodian Council of Nurses, and the Pharmacy Council of Cambodia. Since 2000, these councils have played an important quality and safety role through registration of qualified health professionals, making sure that they maintain registration, establish the codes and standards of professional practice and investigate complaints about matters relating to a health professional’s health, performance or professional conduct.

Empowering women health care workers through quality improvement

Taroub Faramand

Founder and President, WI-HER, LLC

(Staff at an ASSIST-supported health facility. Photo by Taroub Faramand, WI-HER, LLC)

ICHC 2017: Five Key Takeaways for Maternal Health

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: The Maternal Health Task Force

(Courtesy of Max Marx/MCSP)

Reaching the “last mile” in South Sudan with community health workers

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Dr. Alfonso Rosales, MD, MPH-TM, World Vision

Using Quality Improvement Approaches for Better Community Health

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Kim Ethier Stover, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project

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