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This research initiative is focused on the development of strategies to support facility- and community-based health workers who endeavor to provide quality care in very low-resource settings. This is part of the global effort to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries and to provide patient-centered care while respecting the motivation and abilities of the health workers themselves.
Health workers are a critical component of well-functioning health systems. However, low- and middle-income countries are experiencing severe health worker shortages, often in concert with high burdens of disease. Community-based health workers have been promoted as one solution to scale-up delivery of health services in low-resource settings, but strategies to support their unique roles and integrate them into the health system are lacking.
We characterize ongoing strategies and test evidence-based ones to support facility- and community-based health workers’ motivation, workplace factors important to job satisfaction, and thoughts of leaving in the context of performance in the health system. Of course, health workers’ own well-being is important in its own right, so we also investigate the impacts of the health care professions on health workers’ well-being and identity. We conduct this work in Guatemala, Mozambique, Canada and the United States.
This research project is currently open to funding opportunities. For more information, please reach out to the project contact listed above.