The Role of Community Health Workers
(CHWs)

prepared by: wesam ayyad
Supervised by
Dr. Ahmed
Hawajri

Expert in
Counselin...
Community Health Workers (CHWs)
 Are frontline public health workers who are

trusted
 Have an unusually close understan...
The Role of Community Health
Workers (CHWs)

o Facilitating communication and Community health
workers work in all geograp...
o Linking people to health care/social service
resources
o Providing informal counseling, support and
follow-up
o Advocati...
cont.,
o Helping people understand their health
condition(s) and develop strategies to improve
their health and well being...
 Community mental health workers

 1. Provide mental health counseling and support to individuals, families and

groups ...
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2. Provide community education, support and activities
Main Activities
Develop on the land and tr...
3. Provide treatment referrals
 Main Activities
 Assist individuals to identify their need for treatment
programs
 Liai...
 4. Collaborate with community agencies
 Main Activities
 Ensure ongoing contact with community groups including the He...
• Create and maintain current and accurate records of the numbers of
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clients served and the
issues
Create a...
Who might you meet in a mental health
team in the community?
Psychiatrist

 A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with speci...
Occupational Therapist (OT)

 Occupational therapists help people to get back
to doing the practical things of everyday l...
Clinical Psychologist

 have a degree in psychology they work

with clients and learn how to give
psychological treatment...
social workers
o help people to talk through their problems, give

them practical advice and emotional support and
provide...
References
 http://hpp.sagepub.com/content/12/1

/86.short
 http://scholar.google.com/scholar?star
t=10&q=The+Role+of+Co...
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THE role of community mental health workers\

  1. 1. The Role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) prepared by: wesam ayyad Supervised by Dr. Ahmed Hawajri Expert in Counseling
  2. 2. Community Health Workers (CHWs)  Are frontline public health workers who are trusted  Have an unusually close understanding of the community they serve  CHWs also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge through a range of activities such as community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. (American Public Health Association, 2008)
  3. 3. The Role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) o Facilitating communication and Community health workers work in all geographic settings, Helping individuals, families, groups and communities o develop their capacity and access to resources, including health insurance, food, housing, quality care and health information o client empowerment in interactions with health care/social service systems o Helping health care and social service systems become culturally relevant and responsive to their service population
  4. 4. o Linking people to health care/social service resources o Providing informal counseling, support and follow-up o Advocating for local health needs o Providing health services, such as monitoring blood pressure and providing first aid o Making home visits to chronically ill patients, pregnant women and nursing mothers, individuals at high risk of health problems and the elderly o Translating and interpreting for clients and health care/social service providers
  5. 5. cont., o Helping people understand their health condition(s) and develop strategies to improve their health and well being o Helping build understanding and social capital to support healthier behaviors and lifestyle choices among people o Delivering health information using culturally appropriate terms and concepts
  6. 6.  Community mental health workers  1. Provide mental health counseling and support to individuals, families and groups in the community about mental health and mental health issues  Answer phone calls and inquiries concerning available programs and services  Provide a safe and welcome environment for people to visit  Accept referrals from individuals, families and agencies in the community  Provide group counseling, as requested  Maintain strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all clients, conversations and referrals
  7. 7.             2. Provide community education, support and activities Main Activities Develop on the land and traditional healing programs Participate in youth programs such as on the land and traditional programs and sports and recreation Organize special events including dances and feasts Coordinate workshops on mental health and mental health issues Provide community education and support programs Access and collect relevant information and resources Distribute relevant information Make visits and presentations to various groups and organizations including school agedchildren Access or develop promotional materials and information
  8. 8. 3. Provide treatment referrals  Main Activities  Assist individuals to identify their need for treatment programs  Liaise with treatment program Assist clients to meet all requirements  Access funding for treatment programs  Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs  Liaise with community agencies and supports
  9. 9.  4. Collaborate with community agencies  Main Activities  Ensure ongoing contact with community groups including the Health Centre, and schools         Participate on interagency working committees Conduct case conferencing with other agencies Provide education by presentations and workshops, as requested Lobby agencies and organizations for programs and support 5. Administer mental health programs Main Activities Prepare proposals for program funding Maintain confidential written records of client interactions
  10. 10. • Create and maintain current and accurate records of the numbers of • • • • • • • clients served and the issues Create and maintain notes about community contacts, presentations and workshops Maintain notes about suggestions for future presentations and programs Maintain a resource library of information about addictions, prevention, FAS/E and other related topics Secure the confidentiality of all interactions and records Conduct all tasks with regard to any and all relevant legislation, policies and procedures
  11. 11. Who might you meet in a mental health team in the community? Psychiatrist  A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with special training in mental illnesses and emotional problems Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN)  They can help you to talk through problems and give practical advice and support. They can also give medicines and keep an eye on their effects. Nurse therapists have had extra training in particular problems and treatments, such as eating disorders or behavior therapy.
  12. 12. Occupational Therapist (OT)  Occupational therapists help people to get back to doing the practical things of everyday life. They may help you: • to work out what you can and cannot do • with advice on where you could or should live • to find things to do that you want to do • to re-build your confidence • to become independent.
  13. 13. Clinical Psychologist  have a degree in psychology they work with clients and learn how to give psychological treatments.  They will usually meet regularly with you for a number of sessions to talk through how you are feeling, thinking and behaving. Although cognitive behavioral therapy is a common approach, clinical psychologists may
  14. 14. social workers o help people to talk through their problems, give them practical advice and emotional support and provide some psychological treatments. They are able to give expert practical help with money, housing problems and other entitlements. Pharmacist  Pharmacists train for five years to become specialists in medicines. They can give expert advice to doctors and nurses and talk to patients and cares about medications.
  15. 15. References  http://hpp.sagepub.com/content/12/1 /86.short  http://scholar.google.com/scholar?star t=10&q=The+Role+of+Community+ Health+Workers+(CHWs&hl=ar&as_s dt=0,5  http://www.hciproject.org/chwcentral/resources/community-health-

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