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.

Harnessing the Power of Community Networks

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

By: Ram Shrestha, Senior Improvement Advisor for Community Systems, USAID ASSIST Project

It Takes a Village: Improving Nutrition through Community Health Workers

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By: Dr. Sascha Lamstein, JSI Technical Advisor

District Partnerships Enhance Community Participation for RMNCH in Rwanda

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By: Telesphore Kabore, Community Mobilization Advisor, Save the Children USA

Where There Are No Supervisors: Community Health Worker Peer Support Groups

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By: Camille Collins Lovell, Community Engagement Technical Advisor/Pathfinder International and Hermenegilde Nduwayo, Community System Strengthening Specialist/IHPB

Making healthcare affordable: Women’s savings and loans clubs to the rescue

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By: Tolase Olatinwo, Knowledge Management Advisor, Jhpiego/Nigeria

The Legacy of the Alma-Ata Declaration: Integrating Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services Into Primary Care

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By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public

Change always happens at the community level – it’s about trust

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By: Dennis Cherian, Senior Director, Health, World Vision

(Courtesy of Sahr Ngaujah, World Vision)

Community health workers & health volunteers: Leaving old debates behind

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By: Eric Sarriot, Senior Health Systems Advisor, Department of Global Health, Save the Children USA

Connecting the disconnect: Community health and health systems strengthening

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By: Minal Rahimtoola, Technical Advisor for Health Systems Strengthening/Pathfinder International 

In Sierra Leone, Ensuring Sustainable Financing for Community Health

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By: Haroun Habib, Sierra Leone Project Manager, Financing Alliance for Health

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