76th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology will be held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, March 29-April 2, 2016
Community health workers at the intersection of social, economic, and population health change
Global health donors, states, and NGOs commonly identify community health workers (CHWs) as crucial health system resources, and as keys to achieving the post-Millennium Development Goal of universal health care and to ameliorating many health disparities in the global north. Some see CHWs as delivery mechanismsâEUR”apolitical human resources who wield smartphones and other technologies to link marginalized people to biomedical and social services. Others see CHWs as agents of social and political change, bolstering community solidarity while addressing socioeconomic inequality and the more fundamental social determinants of health. With these competing visions of CHWs in mind, this session brings together ethnographic accounts of CHWs’ complex concerns, priorities, relationships, knowledges, and skills across various settings. Building on a recent special issue of Annals of Anthropological Practice (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/napa.2015.39.issue-1/issuetoc), authors will delve into the various ways in which people become CHWs and perform their critical roles in today’s global health industry. We seek papers that demonstrate the ways in which CHWs become political and moral actors who participate in complex relationships with others, seeking changes in their own job conditions and livelihoods, as well as other intersecting social, political, and economic changes. Contributors should thus develop answers to questions including but not limited to the following: In what kinds of politics and acts of care do CHWs in various times and places engage? How do CHWs, supervisors, and health officials attempt to shape these forms of participation and their meanings? Who is able to exercise control over policy and practical decisions? What alliances are forming? In the 21st century, these are and will remain crucial questions for CHW programs and global health action more generally.
The 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology will be held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, March 29-April 2, 2016 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. The host hotel is located in the City Center, adjacent to the world-renown Stanley Park and on the banks of Coal Harbor.
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Assistant Prof of Anthropology
Oregon State University