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.

Webinar- Data Collection for Community Assessments

Interested in learning more about data collection methods? Are you preparing to conduct a community-level assessment? This introductory webinar will give you guidance and tips to conduct community-level landscaping and assessments and...

ISQua Webinar- 'Learning about Improvement' Community of Practice – Lessons learned by the USAID ASSIST Project from implementing research and evaluation studies


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Conducting research and evaluation for quality improvement initiatives presents particular challenges as interventions tend to involve multiple actors, implementation activities diverse, and contexts dynamic. This webinar explored lessons learned by the USAID ASSIST project from implementing research and evaluation studies.  

Shushufindi General Hospital at the Forefront of Quality Zika Care in Sucumbios, Ecuador

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Premian iniciativas en prevención y control el virus del Zika en el Perú

En la fotografía, autoridades de USAID Perú, DIRESA Piura, y Proyecto ASSIST Perú acompañando a representantes del C.S. Catacaos a su reconocimiento Perú, 31 mayo de 2019 .- El Proyecto ASSIST Zika Perú, la Dirección Regional de Salud...

Supporting Most Vulnerable Children in Accessing HIV and Social Services in Tanzania through Community Quality Improvement Activities

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Asegurando el seguimiento de niños y niñas afectados por Zika en la Región I de Salud, República Dominicana

El seguimiento a los niños y niñas afectados por Síndrome Congénito Asociado al Zika y Microcefalia es uno de los aspectos que guarda suma importancia en la evolución de estos niños y niñas. El Proyecto ASSIST de USAID ha brindado...