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.

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY18

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed six years of implementation of theUSAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. This report is the sixth Annual Performance Monitoring Report...

Improving the quality of integrated antenatal care and care for preeclampsia/eclampsia in Jinja, Uganda

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World Mental Health Day: Jamaican Health Care Workers providing Psychosocial Support to Children and their Caregivers

Diana Chamrad

Improvement Director, Vulnerable Children & Families, Mental Health USAID Applying Science to Strengthen & Improve Systems Project (ASSIST)

Caregivers and families attending well child visits in Jamaica.-Photo credit: Diana Chamrad, URC.

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Improving TB Treatment Response Monitoring at Nine TB Diagnostic Treatment Units: Tested Changes and Guidance from Uganda

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Improving Quality of TB Data at Nine TB Diagnostic Treatment Units: Tested Changes and Guidance from Uganda

In Uganda, ASSIST worked with the MOH and implementing partners to build the capacity of health workers to be able to screen, diagnose, and manage TB to improve TB care services using the continuous quality improvement (QI) model as well...

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