Care Group Model Criteria
May 29, 2014
Presenter:
Melanie Morrow, MCHIP/ICF International
Care Groups:
The Essential Ingredients
December 8, 2010
Melanie Morrow, MPH
Director of MCH Programs
World Relief
Thomas P...
Description of a Care Group
A Care Group is a group of 10-15
volunteer, community-based
health educators who regularly
mee...
Description (cont.)
• Care Groups create a multiplying effect to
equitably reach every beneficiary household
with interper...
Why Criteria for Care Groups
• Proliferation of organizations using the model
since first developed in 1995.
• Increased a...
Why Criteria for Care Groups
• We hope that by informing others about these
criteria, they will use the criteria to decide...
Establishment of Criteria
• World Relief and Food for the Hungry staff members
met and agreed upon the Care Group criteria...
The Care Group Criteria
Essential characteristics for a model of community
based health promotion to be considered the
"Ca...
4. CG volunteer contact with her assigned beneficiary
mothers is monitored and should be at a minimum once a
month, prefer...
8. The Care Group volunteers use some sort of
visual teaching tool (e.g., flipcharts) to do
health promotion at the househ...
11. Supervision of Promoters and at least one of
the Care Group Volunteers (e.g., data collection,
observation of skills) ...
Suggested Criteria
1. Formative research should be conducted, especially
on key behaviors promoted.
2. The Promoter: Care ...
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Care Group Model Criteria_Melanie Morrow

  1. 1. Care Group Model Criteria May 29, 2014 Presenter: Melanie Morrow, MCHIP/ICF International
  2. 2. Care Groups: The Essential Ingredients December 8, 2010 Melanie Morrow, MPH Director of MCH Programs World Relief Thomas P. Davis Jr., MPH Senior Director of Program Quality Improvement Food for the Hungry Carolyn Wetzel, MPH Director of Health Programs Food for the Hungry The slides and content of this presentation are drawn heavily from that delivered at the December 2010 Care Group TAG,
  3. 3. Description of a Care Group A Care Group is a group of 10-15 volunteer, community-based health educators who regularly meet together with project staff for training and supervision. They are different from typical mother’s groups in that each volunteer is responsible for regularly visiting 10-15 of her neighbors, sharing what she has learned and facilitating behavior change at the household level.
  4. 4. Description (cont.) • Care Groups create a multiplying effect to equitably reach every beneficiary household with interpersonal behavior change communication. • They also provide the structure for a community health information system that reports on new pregnancies, births and deaths detected during home visits
  5. 5. Why Criteria for Care Groups • Proliferation of organizations using the model since first developed in 1995. • Increased attention to the model and it’s effectiveness in lowering child deaths. • Wide variations in what is called a “Care Group” can lead to the use of less effective strategies that do not fit within the model. • Fewer opportunities to advocate for the Care Group Model and it’s role in child survival if the name is applied to less effective strategies.
  6. 6. Why Criteria for Care Groups • We hope that by informing others about these criteria, they will use the criteria to decide to what degree a proposed implementation strategy is really based on the Care Group model. • We hope to create a reference point by which implementers will identify explicitly how what they are doing aligns or differs from the model.
  7. 7. Establishment of Criteria • World Relief and Food for the Hungry staff members met and agreed upon the Care Group criteria on April 23, 2009. (WR having developed the model in 1995 and FH being an early adopter.) • The list is divided into required (13) and suggested (4) criteria. • Edits were made by the two founders of the model, Dr. Pieter Ernst and Dr. Muriel Elmer. • Criteria were shared at the 2010 CORE Spring Meeting and feedback from other PVOs was incorporated.
  8. 8. The Care Group Criteria Essential characteristics for a model of community based health promotion to be considered the "Care Group" Model. 1. The model is based on peer-to-peer health promotion (Mother-to-mother for MCH and nutrition behaviors.) CG Volunteers should be chosen by the mothers within the group of households that they will serve or by the leadership in the village. 2. The workload of CG volunteers is limited: No more than 15 HH per CG volunteer. 3. The Care Group size is limited to 6-16 members and attendance is monitored.
  9. 9. 4. CG volunteer contact with her assigned beneficiary mothers is monitored and should be at a minimum once a month, preferably twice monthly. 5. The plan is to reach 100% of households in the targeted group on at least a monthly basis, and the project attains at least 80% monthly coverage of households within the target group. Coverage is monitored. 6. Care Group Volunteers (a.k.a. “Leader Mothers”) collect vital events data on pregnancies, births, and deaths. 7. The majority of what is promoted through the Care Groups is directed towards reduction of mortality and malnutrition (e.g., Essential Nutrition Actions, Essential Hygiene Actions).
  10. 10. 8. The Care Group volunteers use some sort of visual teaching tool (e.g., flipcharts) to do health promotion at the household level. 9. Participatory methods of BCC are used in the Care Group with the CG Volunteers, and by the volunteers when doing health promotion at the household or small-group level. 10. The Care Group instructional time (when a Promoter teaches CG Volunteers) is no more than two hours per meeting.
  11. 11. 11. Supervision of Promoters and at least one of the Care Group Volunteers (e.g., data collection, observation of skills) occurs at least monthly. 12. of a CG volunteer’s beneficiaries should live within a distance that facilitates frequent home visitation and all CG volunteers should live <1 hour walk from the Promoter meeting place. 13. The implementing agency needs to successfully create a project/program culture that conveys respect for the population and volunteers, especially women.
  12. 12. Suggested Criteria 1. Formative research should be conducted, especially on key behaviors promoted. 2. The Promoter: Care Group ratio - no more than 1:9. 3. Measurement of many of the results-level indicators should be conducted annually at a minimum. 4. Social/educational differences between the Promoter and CG volunteer should not be too extreme (e.g., having bachelor-degree level staff working with CG volunteers).

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