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.
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