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Community Health Workers As Transformative Agents For Health Equity

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San Diego Convention Center

111 W Harbor Drive

Room # 28BCDE

San Diego, CA 92103

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Global Models, Tools and Lessons Learned from Across Borders

*We strongly encourage you to register for this workshop by Oct. 1 as space is limited.*

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A growing body of evidence points to the demonstrated impact of community health workers/promotores/as de salud (CHWs) for saving lives of mothers and their children, reducing health inequities, transforming health systems around the world. But what conditions make them transformative agents, and not simply a part of the status quo? Who in the health care system needs to be a part of supporting these conditions? And what kind of health systems and conditions support the transformative role of community health agents -- not just for improving specific health outcomes of individuals, but advocating for addressing the root causes and conditions that underlie much of the ill health in the first place?
This APHA pre-conference workshop co-organized by the Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) working group of the International Health Section and the CHW section will be based on the theme for this year’s APHA conference: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now." Given that CHWs are a crucial part of the solution to creating the healthiest nation, what can we learn from the global experience with CHWs and programs that support CHWs that we can bring back to the United States, and vice versa?

This 1.5 day pre-conference workshop will bring together international and national experts about CHW/promotor/a programs (including both CHWs and allies), CHWs, program planners, policy-makers, CHW advocates, donors, and others interested in CHWs and population health. The goal will be to facilitate bi-directional learning through collaboration, storytelling, and methods-sharing between community health workers (CHWs) and allies from the U.S. and around the world, including the U.S.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:
1. Identify differences and similarities between U.S. and international CHW initiatives

2. Share key participatory capacity-building practices used in CHW initiatives such as popular/people’s education, women’s empowerment cascade training care groups, community engagement and community empowerment methodologies

3. Share learned lessons about the role of CHWs in creating health equity from U.S. CHW models and International CHW models

4. Share experiences and explore ways that CHW programs (in the US and around the world in diverse contexts) are navigating the tension between responding to and being centered in the community and the institutions and health systems within which they are operating / working. Issues that may be highlighted through different case studies:

• Ramifications of professionalization of CHWs
• Understand the challenges of scaling up CHW programs and how CHWs can partner with health and health services systems
• Payment models for CHW programs and services and sustainability
• Roles of CHWs as transformative agents vs. extenders of health care into the community
• Community-based vs. community-placed CHWs

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111 W Harbor Drive

Room # 28BCDE

San Diego, CA 92103

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