COVID-19 Education and Training for CHWs

Education and training for Community Health Workers to address COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges to providing in-person Community Health Worker training. To support CHWs, three learning modules were created to rapidly and remotely train them on COVID-19 safety protocols and patient care. Through CHT app and SMS deployments, Supervisors can now train CHWs on care workflows without being physically present. This example covers the following learning modules:

  • Health safety protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19
  • Preventing the dissemination of misinformation about COVID-19
  • Recognizing COVID-19 and caring for patients with suspected infection

Problem Being Addressed

It is important for Community Health Workers to stay safe and serve their communities by understanding effective health protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Training would traditionally be done in person, however, due to public health concerns, travel and gatherings of people are limited. Health systems have been forced to quickly adapt to deliver training content in a safely distanced, timely, and effective manner.

Solution Overview

The CHT provides a flexible way to deliver timely COVID-19 remote training and education to CHWs. In collaboration with Stanford’s Digital Medic Team, and vetted by a team of health experts at Stanford, three remote learning modules were designed. CHWs can progress through training at their own pace, and receive tasks in their CHT app to encourage them to complete the modules. The training modules:

  • Build on verifiable health safety guidance from the CDC and WHO
  • Can be deployed using the CHT app or SMS workflows
  • Capture assessment and understanding of CHW knowledge through quizzes, which can be tracked by Supervisors

Users and Hierarchy Example

UserLocationDevicesRole
National Officials and County TeamsCentral and district officesDesktop, laptop and smartphonesMonitor central analytics regarding onboarding and training completion. Revisit content where needed.
Sub-County TeamsFacilities or local officesTablet or smartphoneReview CHW progress on aggregate. Support CHW supervisors and monitor location-specific analytics.
CHW SupervisorsCommunity level, based at facilitiesSmartphones and personal phonesVerify CHW onboarding and training completion. Follow-up with those who have not completed training. Complete their own onboarding and training tasks.
CHWs and VolunteersCommunity levelFeature phones and some smartphonesComplete onboarding and training via SMS or App. Provide feedback and ask for support where needed.

Workflow Example

This demo illustrates how a CHT workflow can be easily adapted to integrate a sequence of learning modules through the usage of tasks. These modules are designed to be delivered sequentially to promote engagement and absorption of content. Learning can be tracked across CHWs to inform opportunities to provide additional support. The sequence can also be modified to interact with the CHW through SMS, using question-and-answer text-based workflows.


More background on the SMS workflow content and key considerations for adapting it can be found in this summary document.


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