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Policymakers Need Better Data On CHWs To Show Their Value

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Why We Need Data on Frontline Health Workers
In an interview, Kate Tulenko, vice president of health systems innovation at IntraHealth International, says, “Better data on [community health workers (CHWs)] would help demonstrate their impact and cost-effectiveness, especially in medically underserved communities. There are still many policymakers who are skeptical of the value of CHWs. If we can demonstrate their value, we can get CHWs added as a formal member of the health team, with proper support supervision, a career ladder, and a salary…” (7/7).

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