From Ethiopia To West Virginia, Community Health Workers Help Close Access-To-Care Gaps

Kaiser Health News staff writer Ankita Rao, working in collaboration with The Atlantic, reports: “Across the world, countries have started to embrace community health workers as a means of reaching people who don't always have regular access to care through clinics and hospitals. Their titles vary -- India has more than 800,000 "Accredited Social Health Activists" and Malawi employs 11,000 Health Extension Workers -- but the impact seems to be universal. Not only do the workers treat and manage care, they also help curb health care costs by preventing complicated disease and emergency room visits” (Rao, 2/4). Read the story.

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