Expert Panel: Nurses and CHWs Working Together
Nurses and community health workers (CHWs) provide the vast majority of health care services around the world. However, training/education, scope of practice, compensation (to name only a few points) vary widely amongst and between both nurses and CHWs. There is also very little formally known about their working relationships, best practices or effects on patient outcomes. In November 2011, GHDonline members in the nursing community expressed a significant amount of interest in the topic. We hope that with your participation, this week-long expert panel broadens, informs and continues this important conversation. Please join in, ask questions, make comments, share resources and post some of your own responses to the questions.
Jessica Aguilera-Steinert, LICSW, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the PACT Project
Heidi Behforouz, MD, Founder, Executive Director and Medical Director of the PACT Project
Albany Chavarria, Health Promoter and Program Assistant for Teach for Health
Sarah Nunn, RN, MSN, Teach for Health co-founder, Director of Nicaragua Programs
Carolina Lopez Ochoa, Health Promoter and Program Coordinator for Teach for Health
During this Expert Panel, panelists will address the following questions:
* What successes and challenges have you seen in collaborations between nurses and CHWs?
* From your experience, how can CHWs and nurses improve their partnerships and work better together?
* How can nurses help support/empower CHWs to improve patient outcomes?
* What qualities/skills make CHWs successful in their work? And how does this complement (or not) the roles of nurses?
Please share your own thoughts on these important topics and feel free to ask additional questions of our panelists - we look forward to a rich discussion!