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We recently conducted a report of our course HIV/AIDS: Supporting Community Members. The results had us giving each other high fives around the office: 70% said the course gave them the tools they directly needed for work, 90% said they had significantly increased competence in the topic, and one person said they used the course to kick-start a syringe exchange program in their community. Exactly the kinds of results we love to see.
But when we asked how much importance learners’ managers placed on the skills and concepts they picked up, we were less than enthused. More than a third said their managers did little to let them use their new skills.
It's Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so time to refocus your education efforts for children, their parents and caregivers, and the elderly. These are some of the best resources, asthma education handouts, we’ve found for building asthma training programs and educating patients about controlling asthma and alergy attacks and triggers and managing life with the disease.
Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this event planning kit to equip state and local asthma programs to hold community-based asthma awareness and action events during Asthma Awareness Month. It includes ideas and tips for planning and running community asthma events in schools, hospitals, clinics, and state capitals.
Making the case for community health workers is an uphill battle — but it is always worth the effort.
You’ve seen the data: a University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report is one of many that show how the CHW model can reduce admissions and lead to better health outcomes for hospitalized patients and outpatient settings.
Unfortunately, too many organizations still find it difficult to make the business case for hiring, using and training community health workers. They offer excuses about the expense, or they vastly underuse their existing CHWs.
Convincing decision-makers to deploy groups of frontline health workers may not be easy, but hopefully this round-up of return on investment studies will put you a small step forward. It’s a collection of some of the best ROI studies I’ve seen on why to hire and educate people working in the CHW role.