What we do:

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We mobilize in-country networks to win national proCHW policy.

How can the power of CHWs be replicably unleashed? By growing our footprint to translate research and advocacy work into country-level practice change—and to win national policy.

More resources are needed to recognize and build power within communities with the most to lose. In response, community members can address power asymmetry by identifying, cultivating, and building the power within. This is the work of organizing.

Our plan: through networks of CHWs and partners anchored in the Ministry of Health, we foster uptake of global policy at the national level. To make a stronger connection between international and national practice. And to organize a worldwide network of CHWs engaged in advocacy—ensuring that anytime CHWs are talked about, a CHW is in the room.

CHWs across the globe are coming together to demand the salaries, ongoing training, support, and supplies needed. That way, everyone can access high-quality healthcare.

It’s time to shift the spotlight. CHWs must be involved in high-level decision-making.


Train local CHW advocates.

Community health workers with leadership training are 2–4x more likely to engage in political, civic, and workplace advocacy.

Created together with CHWs as experts, we offer CHW Advocates—free digital training that equips CHWs with advocacy and storytelling skills. These skills enable CHWs to demand solutions to issues impacting the profession and patients.

CHWs can access the course in three languages through a dedicated web platform and a facilitator guide for in-person training. CHWs who complete the course earn a personalized certificate celebrating the training as a CHW Advocate.

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Connect CHW speakers.

For too long, discussions about community health workers have happened without CHWs. It’s time for a change.

The first-ever CHW Speaker Bureau fosters more equitable global dialogue. It gives CHWs opportunities to speak about issues of concern on a local, national, and international stage.

Speakers include full- and part-time CHWs working on various health issues—from HIV/AIDS to maternal and child health to COVID.

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Host a policy dashboard.

We maintain a public policy dashboard to monitor and share the status of national CHW policies worldwide.

This dashboard helps us track potential openings for policy change and provides a picture of how the entire field is moving.

See the dashboard


A spark for national policy change.


CHW Advocates on the first ever CHW Speaker Bureau


CHWs from 20 countries completed the CHW Advocates course (so far)


Countries with a confirmed proCHW policy


“If we can make [CHWs] feel they are very important in society and on the ground, they will come up. They will stand up. They will pull up their socks and start fighting for their rights.”

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