‘Because I am Paid, I Feel Proud:’ The Global Conversation around Compensation for Community Health Workers
This webinar will take place on September 10, 2019 from 10:00-11:15am EDT / 2:00-3:15pm GMT. This is the second in a three-part webinar series that runs alongside the Community Health Academy's leadership course on the edX platform, Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs to Deliver Primary Health Care.
“Because I am paid, I feel proud and my family and community see the importance of my work and how I am saving for my daughter’s education. I am saving for my education too.”
– Ruth Tarr, Community Health Worker, Liberia
There is increasing momentum globally in support of ensuring appropriate compensation and remuneration for community health workers. This was codified by the resolution passed at the most recent World Health Assembly to adopt the World Health Organization guideline on health policy and system support to community health worker programmes, which highlights the importance of guaranteeing that community health workers, as part of the overall primary health care system, are provided with the rights, benefits, and opportunities afforded to other cadres of the global health workforce.
In this webinar, moderated by Dr. Madeleine Ballard, Executive Director of the Community Health Impact Coalition and Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we’ll explore the topic of compensation and incentivization for community health workers from both a global and country-level perspective, delving into evidence and emerging best practices. We’ll also explore questions about what works well on-the-ground, such as: What is the best way to pay community health workers? How are community health worker salaries determined?
Webinar participants will hear directly from three instructors on the Community Health Academy’s first online leadership course, Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs to Deliver Primary Health Care. Mr. Temesgen Ayehu, Director of the Health Extension Program, Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia, Dr. Giorgio Cometto, Coordinator for WHO’s Health Workforce Department, and Dr. Bernice Dahn, Vice President, University of Liberia College of Health Sciences, and former Minister of Health for Liberia, will respond to questions posed by learners in the course and answer live questions from webinar participants.
We hope you’ll join us for this event!
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About this Webinar Series
This is the second in a three-part webinar series that runs alongside the Community Health Academy's first health systems leadership development course, Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs to Deliver Primary Health Care, which was developed in partnership with HarvardX and edX. The webinar series is designed to be responsive to questions raised by the Academy's learner community, with a focus on timely topics in community health systems. You can learn more about the Community Health Academy here.