Training Community-Based Health Workers

  • Tashina J. Vavuris
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


This chapter focuses on the training of community-based health workers from a participatory organizational perspective. Tashina Vavuris argues that health practitioners receive a significant amount of training before and after they enter the field. But often, this education is mostly pragmatic, that is, focused on how to conduct needs assessments, evaluate interventions, or implement accreditation standards. Of course, these tasks are important. But this education does not necessarily begin with the philosophy that sustains community-based work. When beginning with the principle that community knowledge matters, training must be initiated with how to enter the world constructed by a community’s members. Every task, accordingly, must be thought of as a mode of engaging a community, instead of simply gathering data or making observations. Valid knowledge, communities, and norms, for example, must be rethought in the training process to produce persons who can work effectively in community-based interventions. This shift in orientation is not often currently the centerpiece of training.


Community-based training Community-based health workers Health practitioners Needs assessments 


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  • Tashina J. Vavuris
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  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesUniversity of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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