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Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers

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A digital advocacy training to elevate the voices of community health workers.

Audience: Community Health Workers

Languages: English; French; Spanish

Format: Videos; Exercises; Facilitator Guide; Student Workbook

Key topics: Advocacy; Storytelling; Technology tools; History of CHW programs

Community health workers (CHWs) are the most proximal and trusted care providers for millions worldwide. However, CHWs have historically been excluded from conversations and decision-making that influence their work and communities.

CHWs with advocacy training are 2-4x more likely to engage in political, civic, and workplace advocacy. We worked with the Community Health Impact Coalition and an advisory group of CHWs from around the world to develop this training to equip CHWs with the skills to effectively share their personal stories and promote the health issues most important to their communities. All content is action-oriented and reflects the realities of CHWs’ work.

The training is designed for individuals as well as group training and is flexible to fit existing training and work schedules. Videos, reading materials, and reflection exercises communicate the history and background of CHW programs, how to advocate for improved health care and working conditions, how to tell personal stories to advocate for change, and how to use technology tools to participate in global conversations. 

The course is open-access and officially recognized as a Digital Public Good and a Content Global Good.

“I used to be not able to speak in meetings … but now through the training, I'm now confident I can speak on behalf of my village, and I can change, and I can reach my voice to the voiceless.”

- Mabweggamo Habibah, Community Health Worker with Nama Wellness Community Centre

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This training includes four modules with nearly 40 videos, reflection exercises, Facilitator Guide, and Student Workbook. All materials are free for use under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. 

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  • Download videos through your web browser: English | French | Spanish
  • Download the complete training in the Digital Medic mobile app for iOS and Android

Module 1: History and background of CHW programs

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Video: Course welcome and overviewPlayDownload

 

Video: Introduction to global goalsPlayDownload

 

Video: CHW contributions to achieving global goalsPlayDownload

 

Video: Introduction to stakeholdersPlayDownload

 

Video: The future of CHW programsPlayDownload 

 

Interactive exercises  

 

Additional reading  

 

Introduction to Global Goals | View and download all resources

Module 2: How to advocate for improved healthcare and working conditions

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Video: What is advocacy?PlayDownload

 

Video: Why are CHWs natural advocates?PlayDownload

 

Video: What do CHWs advocate for?PlayDownload

 

Video: Step 1: Choose an issuePlayDownload

 

Video: Step 2: Set a realistic goalPlayDownload

 

Video: Step 3: Identify the current statePlayDownload

 

Video: Step 4: Find the decision-makersPlayDownload

 

Video: Step 5: Build a roadmapPlayDownload

 

Video: Step 6: Build your coalitionPlayDownload

 

Video: Step 7: Influence the decision-makersPlayDownload

 

Video: Step 8: Keep track of your progressPlayDownload

 

Video: Step 9: Keep going!PlayDownload

 

Video: CHWs and global advocacyPlayDownload

 

Interactive exercises  

 

Additional reading  

 

What do CHWs Advocate for? | View and download all resources

Module 3: How to tell personal stories to advocate for change

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Video: What is storytelling?PlayDownload

 

Video: Why do CHWs tell their stories?PlayDownload

 

Video: Finding your voicePlayDownload

 

Video: Your voice mattersPlayDownload

 

Video: Fears Around Speaking upPlayDownload

 

Video: George Mwinnyaa's StoryPlayDownload

 

Video: Confidence Building PlayDownload

 

Video: How Stories Reflect Our ValuesPlayDownload

 

Video: Storytelling for AdvocacyPlayDownload

 

Video: Storytelling Part 1: The ChallengePlayDownload

 

Video: Storytelling Part 2: The ClimaxPlay Download

 

Video: Storytelling Part 3: Call for ChangePlayDownload

 

Video: Practicing Your Story PlayDownload

 

Interactive exercises  

 

Additional reading  

 

Why Do CHWs Tell Their Stories? | View and download all resources

Module 4: How to use technology tools to participate in global conversations

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Video: What are virtual meetings?PlayDownload

 

Video: Types of Virtual MeetingsPlayDownload

 

Video: Meeting AgendasPlayDownload

 

Video: Video Etiquette in Virtual Meetings PlayDownload

 

Video: Audio Etiquette in Virtual Meetings PlayDownload

 

Video: Language Support in Virtual Meetings PlayDownload

 

Video: Course ConclusionPlayDownload

 

Interactive exercises  

 

Additional reading  

 

Video Etiquette in Virtual Meetings | View and download all resources


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