Community Health Academy

“Join us to recruit the largest army of community health workers the world has ever known, by creating the Community Health Academy, a global platform to train, empower, and connect.”
– Raj Panjabi, 2017 TED Prize Winner & CEO, Last Mile Health

About

The Community Health Academy aims to reinvent the education of community health workers – and the leaders who support them – for the digital age.

Our vision is global: empower hundreds of thousands of community health workers to serve the hundreds of millions of people around the world who lack access to healthcare.

  • For community health workers, we will harness the power of digital technology to produce high-quality training content delivered to CHWs through mobile phones, which will also be equipped with diagnostic and tracking tools to report patient and CHW performance data back to their supervisors.
  • For the health systems leaders, we will offer a suite of free online courses on how to build stronger systems to support these community health workers through national programs. These courses will draw on the World Health Organization’s concept of the six building blocks of effective health systems – leadership and governance, health workforce, service delivery, health information, and supply chain and operations, and health financing, adding in community engagement as a critical component of systems design. The curriculum will be created by a faculty network of leading community health innovators from around the world.
  • Using a blended learning approach, these free online courses will be accompanied by in-person learning opportunities and the establishment of a global community of practice.
  • In the next four years, the Academy will up-skill at least 16,000 CHWs and train at least 15,000 current and next generation health systems leaders.

No one should die because they live too far from a doctor

Illness is universal, access to care is not. It’s time for us to go as far as it takes to change this condition together.

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Illness is universal, access to care is not. It’s time for us to go as far as it takes to change this condition together.