Nurses and community health workers provide the vast majority of health care services around the world. However, training and education, scope of practice, compensation, and much more vary widely amongst and between nurses and CHWs. There is also very little formally known about their working relationships, best practices or effects on patient outcomes.
To address these important questions, GHDonline has organized a virtual Expert Panel discussion, “Nurses and CHWs Working Together“, taking place this week in the Global Health Nursing and Midwifery Community.
“Making sure that nurses feel confident and comfortable with task sharing with newly minted CHWs is critical,” says Dr. Heidi Behforouz, Founder and Executive Director of the Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) project, part of Partners In Health in Boston, Massachusetts. To build this level of confidence, PACT devotes additional time to training nurses on working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) and providing programmatic and clinical supervision. PACT also works with leadership to ensure nurses have protected time to manage and teach CHW colleagues.
Please join Dr. Behforouz and other panelists, including Sarah Nunn, RN, MSN, health promoters Carolina Lopez Ochoa and Albany Chavarria from Teach for Health, in sharing additional examples of nurses and CHWs working together and discussing strategies for strengthening these relationships to improve care delivery.
As always, we look forward to your questions and contributions during this GHDonline Expert Panel!
Maggie Sullivan, GHDonline Global Health Nursing & Midwifery Moderator, contributed to this post.