What we do:



We equip international norm setters with evidence to create proCHW guidelines.

Research is a tool to dismantle immodest claims of causality. To expand ideas of what is possible in community health. And to overcome institutional obstacles.

Several operational questions are unresolved by current academic evidence. Often, high-level reports or randomized controlled trials don’t have enough health system detail. So there’s a black box of what’s producing the effect.

By publishing evidence on professional CHWs (proCHWs) in peer-reviewed literature, we can more effectively influence normative guidance on CHW programs. So we tackle fundamental questions that couldn’t be answered alone.


Publish joint studies.

We start by harmonizing CHW program data across Coalition members. Then we engage in exploratory data analysis and generate new hypotheses to test in studies. This pooling creates a brain trust for data health-system strengthening. And enables new opportunities for cross-site learning.

Next, we produce and publish coordinated studies on topics related to proCHWs.

Ultimately, all Coalition research has the same goal: to identify the essential system supports for and practices by CHWs. Those that enable CHWs to best provide quick, accessible, high-quality care to neighbors.

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Distribute our Research Round-Up.

We curate and publish a monthly email newsletter on just-released CHW papers. It synthesizes findings and key takeaways from the latest academic studies on community health.

The Round-Up is available in English and French, with a subscriber count of over 6,000 (and growing).

This initiative is key to our goal of increasing evidence use within the field.

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A sea change in global guidance.

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proCHW best practices enshrined in inaugural WHO CHW guidelines


ever guidance for counting CHWs with UNICEF, The Global Fund & others


scholarly article views across nine peer-reviewed publications

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“The CHW movement has needed stronger advocates and evidence about the effectiveness of CHWs. So the entrance of CHIC is helping to create even more momentum for the movement.”

Henry B. Perry, MD, Ph.D., MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Henry B. Perry, MD, Ph.D., MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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