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.

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)

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

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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

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

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

Getting the message home: Advocacy for health accountability in Uganda

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

By: Deogratias Agaba, Community Empowerment Officer, PATH/Uganda

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

By: Dr. Sascha Lamstein, JSI Technical Advisor

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