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Emory University

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Fall 2017

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India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community


Across the field of global health, there have been many attempts to cater to the health needs of the most marginalized populations. Community health workers (CHWs) are individuals that live in the communities they serve and are typically low-­‐income women with little to no formal education. After a period of training by their program, they enter their communities equipped as a bridge between the community and the health system. Although CHWs do play a substantial role in health delivery and education, the structure of CHW programs varies widely, but a common characteristic of these programs is that the CHWs are usually unpaid. So, why do they do it? The implications of CHWs’ motivations are critical, as they may predict the sustainability and effectiveness of the health programs they serve. This qualitative case study explores one successful CHW program in an attempt to understand what motivates Village Health Workers (VHWs), and how that contributes to the success of CRHP’s model of community-­‐based health and development.


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Asian Studies | Civic and Community Engagement | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Policy | Medicine and Health | Public Health | Regional Sociology | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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