Historically, community health workers (CHWs) have been excluded from discussions that influence their work and communities. In collaboration with the Community Health Impact Coalition (CHIC), we are working to change this pattern by providing CHWs with the skills to effectively share their stories and promote the health issues most important to their communities.
Introducing: Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers
Created together with CHWs as experts, Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers is a free digital training that gives CHWs the tools to become effective champions for change. Learners will have the ability to access and download videos, reading materials, and reflection exercises on the following topics:
- 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
- How to use technology tools to participate in global conversations
A course designed for accessibility and impact
The course content is suitable for a wide range of literacy levels, and learners have the ability to download materials for offline access. The voices of CHWs have been incorporated throughout the course’s development, to ensure that the content is action-oriented and reflective of the realities of CHWs’ work and the challenges they face.
Our evaluation team will be measuring learner engagement with the course as well as how virtual training impacts knowledge, attitudes, and practices of CHWs.
Get started with the course
- Download the free Digital Medic app on a mobile device: Download on Android | Download on iOS
- Search for “Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers” and add to your courses
Need help downloading the app and adding the course? Check out this How-To Guide
Spread the word
Our goal is to get this training into the hands of as many CHWs as possible. Help us spread the word through SMS, email, and social media – we’ve created some templates in this Promotion Packet to make it easy.
Here are a few sample messages and social media graphics:
“Take a look at this free Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers. It’s a new mobile course that equips CHWs with skills to share their stories and promote the health issues most important to their communities: chwadvocates.org/advocacycourse”
“For too long, community health workers have been excluded from discussions that influence their work and their communities. Let’s work to change that by sharing this new “Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers” mobile course: chwadvocates.org/advocacycourse”
“Check out this free mobile course on “Advocacy Training for Community Health Workers.” Learn the history 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: chwadvocates.org/advocacycourse”
Visit chwadvocates.org/advocacycourse for more information.