The Global Health Delivery Project publishes concept note on Community Health Workers

Summarizing and building on the GHDonline expert panel on the subject of Strengthening and Scaling the Community Health Workforce, The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University has published a Community Health Workers Concept Note.


Community health workers (CHWs)—lay people who engage in efforts to improve the health of their communities—have been proposed as a way to fill the global health human resource gap by extending services to hard-to-reach populations in remote areas. This concept note provides a brief history of CHWs, considers issues in CHW program design, and outlines future directions for research and funding.

Learning objectives: This concept note aims to further students’ and instructors’ understanding of community health workers presented in the Cases in Global Health Delivery collection.

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