6. Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs
Learn to deliver high-quality primary health care at scale through national community health worker programs.
Despite medical and technological advances, half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, and over 8.9 million preventable deaths occur every year. There is an acute global shortage of health workers, a gap that will grow to 18 million by 2030. Studies show that training high-performing community health workers can help close these gaps and save more than 3 million lives annually.
This course introduces learners to the core concepts of community health worker programs, and explores what is needed to build and strengthen large-scale programs in order to improve access to high-quality health services. The curriculum highlights the key components of designing community health systems, addresses common management challenges, and showcases lessons learned from a range of contributors — from community-level practitioners to government leaders and other global health experts. Through case studies of exemplar countries (including Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Liberia), participants will learn from leaders across the globe how to advocate for, build, and optimize community health worker programs.
- DURATION : 6 weeks long
- TIME COMMITMENT : 2-4 hours per week
- PACE : Self-paced
- SUBJECT : Health & Medicine
- COURSE LANGUAGE : English
- VIDEO TRANSCRIPT : English
- DIFFICULTY : Introductory*
- CREDIT : Audit for Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $79)
- PLATFORM : edX