Exploring Community Health Worker Programs in the United States and Navajo Nation

This webinar will take place on December 4th, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:15pm EDT / 5:00 PM - 6:15pm GMT. This is the third 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.

Webinar Overview

Global conversations about the impact of community health worker (CHW) programs often center around the experiences of programs in lower and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. However, CHW programs have a long history in higher-income contexts, including the United States (US), with rich lessons to share with our global community.

Evidence indicates that in higher-income countries, CHWs can contribute to reducing the disease burden by supporting chronic disease management for hard-to-reach populations. As in many contexts, CHWs in the US and Navajo Nation serve as a critical link between underserved populations and central health systems by facilitating access to services and information for marginalized communities. Further, in the US, where health expenditures per capita far exceed most other nations, CHW programs in a number of states and communities have demonstrated the potential to generate positive return on investment by stemming the need for unnecessary hospitalizations and expensive emergency room visits. Despite the unique complexities of the US healthcare landscape, there are lessons from CHW programs that can be shared globally to enhance learning across contexts and continue to build a global movement for universal health coverage.

In this webinar, moderated by Claire Qureshi, Senior Advisor for Frontline Delivery at the Office of the WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy, CHW policy and program experts will discuss the role, impact, and system support for CHWs in the U.S. and Navajo Nation. Panelists will respond to questions generated by learners in the Community Health Academy’s first leadership course, Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs, including: How are CHW programs regulated in the US? What financing models exist for CHWs? How have CHWs been integrated into larger health systems across the US? 

Participants will hear directly from Shreya Kangovi, Founding Executive Director at the Penn Center for Community Health Workers; Katharine London, Principal for Health Law and Policy at UMass Medical School; Brenette Pine, a CHW Supervisor from the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) program on Navajo Nation; and Sara Selig, Associate Director for the COPE program, Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Our panelists will also respond to live questions from webinar participants.

We hope you’ll join us for this event on December 4th, from 12 PM to 1:15 PM EST/ 9 AM to 10:15 AM PST/ 5 PM to 6:15 PM GMT.

About this Webinar Series

This is the third 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 Carewhich 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

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