Community Health and Human Resources for Health

Community health workers and residents at a child health, nutrition center with integrated family planning services in Taman Banjar, Indonesia

© 2016 David Alexander/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare

Community health systems provide the first point of contact for preventive and curative health services for families and communities, and serve as the linkage between communities and the formal healthcare system. Evidence indicates that community-focused strategies and interventions can improve health outcomes, including a significant positive impact on maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Robust community health systems are the backbone of resilient national health systems. Optimizing the role of frontline health workers to the varying contexts in which they operate will be a key component to improving access to appropriate, timely, and quality care, and is a crucial element to strengthening health systems.

The Implementation Science Collaborative will examine community health and health workforce topics by identifying priority implementation science questions and conducting related research, supporting broad stakeholder engagement with emphasis on voices from communities, and contributing to communities of practice, all of which will accelerate getting evidence into use.