Community Health Academy

Reimagining education for community health workers and health systems leaders in the digital age.


Studies show that training high-performing community health workers can save more than 3 million lives annually. But due to ineffective training and support, many community health worker programs fail to meet their full potential.

In 2017, we launched the Community Health Academy to revolutionize training for community health workers and health systems leaders. The Academy aims to support Ministries of Health to train over 30,000 community health workers and health systems leaders, expanding access to quality care to millions of people.


The Academy is equipping current and next generation health systems leaders to build strong community health systems through university-quality courses that are delivered virtually and in-person through coaching, mentorship, and group discussion.

Since the launch of its first leadership course, Strengthening Community Health Workers to Deliver Primary Health Care, the Academy has engaged 32,480 learners from 195 countries, where they explored how to build, optimize, and advocate for national community health worker programs. Now, with the launch of the second course series, Financing Community Health Programs for Scale and Sustainability, the Academy aims to build on its foundational content by equipping learners with the skills they need to advocate for financial resources, as well as mobilize new funding for strong and effective community health systems.



The Academy is also supporting Ministries of Health to enhance the effectiveness of their health worker training by deploying mobile phones equipped with high-quality digital content to frontline and community health workers. Powered by Oppia Mobile, the Academy has launched an application to deliver educational text, video, and quiz content to community health workers in real-time. We’re leveraging lessons from Liberia—where 100% of  community and frontline health workers in the National Community Health Assistant Program are digitally equipped with information on malaria and malnutrition—to drive a global effort for quality improvement.


The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge. Patients in low-income countries, with limited preparedness and response resources, are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. It is critical that community-based health workers are equipped to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic, especially in rural and vulnerable urban areas. Access to high-quality, simple information will help increase their ability to treat and support patients and to deliver health services safely.

In response, the Community Health Academy and five partners—CORE Group, Medical Aid Films, TechChange, Translators without Borders, and UNICEF—launched the COVID-19 Digital Classroom, which brings together global leaders in community health systems strengthening, training, content development and communication to provide high-quality digital health education content for community-based health workers. The COVID-19 Digital Classroom has designed a rapid process that curates best-in-class existing information and training resources, creates new content to meet known gaps, and brings these critical resources together into one trusted online place—the COVID-19 Library. Content in the Digital Classroom includes a course series focused on building core skills in managing COVID-19 cases at the community-level, including contact tracing, home based care and isolation, and community based surveillance. To date, learners from 96 countries have enrolled in COVID-19 courses through the Digital Classroom, with over 70% reporting they are directly involved in the COVID-19 response.