Community health education
Health education and information for communities
Community health workers are essential in educating the community about health issues. They also play a key role in delivering primary healthcare services. We train community health workers and strengthen their communication and health education skills to effectively convey accurate health information to their clients. Promoting healthy self-management and providing quality primary healthcare services in the most hard-to-reach areas are important goals for community health workers.
Community health workers’ course
Using context-specific health community courses such as Health[e]Community and Health[e]Living, we build the capacity of community health workers to provide basic health education in communities and to effectively engage with community members.
Our courses are delivered via a blended learning approach, consisting of a combination of face-to-face workshops and a self-study period with e-learning modules. E-learning modules are hosted on Health[e]Foundation’s Moodle learning platform and are available online and – after an initial download – offline without the use of internet. The course content is adapted for each country’s specific context, and covers key topics that meet the specific needs of our training participants. Our community health education is focused on key topics, including infection prevention (e.g. sexually transmitted infections; tuberculosis; hepatitis; HIV; Ebola; COVID-19), healthy nutrition, and substance abuse.
As part of the blended learning approach, each training participant is requested to perform community outreach activities. These interactive and engaging activities enable community health workers to use their acquired knowledge and skills, while also providing community members with accurate health information. Via this model, tens of thousands of community members have been reached by community health workers who were trained with our programs. Additionally, community members are reached directly via mobile health solutions including interactive voice response (IVR) / SMS services with crucial health information.