Community Based Prevention and Care

Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group

CCIH has five working groups relating to global health issues and the work of faith-based organizations. The working groups contribute to CCIH programming in that area. If you are interested in learning about or joining the Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group, please contact Carolyn O’Brien at carolyn.obrien (at)

Learn more about the Working Group Co-Chairs and the Group’s Charter.

CCIH Webinars

Ending Violence Against Children: The Role of Community Health Workers | October 2019 | Tom Davis, Jr, Global Sector Lead for Health and Nutrition at World Vision International shared findings from a ground-breaking survey recently conducted by World Vision International with 412 community health workers (CHWs) in four countries. The study explored CHW’s views regarding their roles in preventing, detecting and responding to different forms of violence against children – an issue that is estimated to affect 1.7 billion children globally every year. Elena Gaia, Senior Advisor on Ending Violence against Children, World Vision International also shared her expertise and answered questions in the interactive Q&A.

The session was moderated by Henry Perry, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Scientist in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-Chair of the CCIH Community-Based Prevention and Care Working group.

Engaging Communities to Improve Maternal and Child Health | December 2017 | Webinar featuring Henry Perry, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Connie Gates, MPH, Jamkhed International – North America. Many Christian programs have been pioneers of the principles and practice of community-based primary health care (CBPHC). These experiences also influenced and informed WHO, resulting in the international Conference in Alma Ata and its Declaration in 1978. Christian organizations continue to develop these approaches and understand their benefits, engaging and empowering communities to improve their own health. The webinar includes a  review of 700 projects using CBPHC to improve Maternal and Child Health which were featured in the book, Engaging Communities for Improving Mothers’ and Children’s Health: Reviewing the Evidence of Effectiveness in Resource-Constrained Settings.

Training Opportunities

CHW Central offers many resources for Community Health Worker training. See their Capacity Building section here.

Reports, Articles, and Books

The Christian Community’s Contribution to the Evolution of Community-Based Primary Health Care | 2008 | This document evolved from a plenary session at the 2008 CCIH Annual Conference in which Dr. Carl Taylor and Dr. John “Jack” Bryant, two veterans of the early Christian experience and the 1978 Alma Ata conference of WHO/UNICEF, shared information about the early years in community health. The power point presentations of Dr. Bryant and Dr. Taylor may also be downloaded.

The Christian Medical Commission and the Development of WHO’s Primary Heath Care Approach | Socrates Litsios | American Journal for Public Health | November 2004

Community Health Workers at the Dawn of a New Era | 2021 | Co-Edited by Henry Perry, MD, PhD, MPH of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | This supplement provides an overview of the current status of CHW programming in low- and middle-income countries and also provides a vision for what needs to be done to help these programs achieve their full potential, with the benefit of accelerating progress in achieving Universal Health Coverage, Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, improving the control of priority infectious diseases, and contributing to the control on non-communicable diseases.

Health for the People: National Community Health Worker Programs from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe | 2020 | Edited by Henry Perry, MD, PhD, MPH of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | The book consists of case studies of 29 national community health worker programs, along with introductory and concluding chapters. It contains 476 pages of useful and hard-to-obtain current information about national community health programs that is not readily available elsewhere. The case studies all follow the same format, making it possible to compare similar dimensions from program to program.

Just and Lasting Change: When Communities Own Their Futures | 2016, Second Edition | Daniel Taylor and Carl Taylor | How can public health workers, policy experts, and medical professionals work with members of developing nations to promote social change in rapid, cost-effective, and locally appropriate ways? In Just and Lasting Change, Daniel C. and Carl E. Taylor present readers with an innovative, proven, and site-specific guide to helping communities thrive through growing their own change in partnership with experts, donors, and government.

Setting up Community Health and Development Programmes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries | 2019 | Ted Lankester and Nathan Grills | This book illustrates how to start, develop, and maintain a health care program in poor areas across the world. The focus is on the community, and how people can work together to improve health through sanitation, storage of food, fresh water, and more. Bridging the gap between medical professionals and people in low income areas, the aim of this book is for a member of the community to receive training and become the health care worker in their village. The book also explains in detail how communities can work alongside experts to ensure that practices and processes work effectively to bring the greatest impact.

Health for All: The Vanga Story | 2014 | Daniel Fountain | When Dr. Daniel Fountain arrived in the Congo in 1961, he was forced to depend upon a dilapidated hospital to serve 250,000 people. Discover how he relied on prayer and innovation to transform the outmoded facility into a state-of-the-art network of health services.

Resources from Hesperian:

Hesperian Health Guides sells community-based health books, including some they produce with input from their community partners around the world, as well as other books by external authors who share their community-empowerment philosophy. Primary health related applications for download.

Where There Is No Doctor | Updated in 2015 | D. Werner | The most widely-used manual for health workers, educators, and others involved in primary care and health promotion around the world. The 2015 updated edition includes the latest medication information, a newly revised family planning chapter, new treatments for a variety of infections, and more.

Resources about the Jamkhed Model:

Jamkhed Model of Ministry | 2015 |  “A Sustainable, Comprehensive, Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Approach based on Christian Values — Communities ‘Health’ Themselves” based on the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, India

Jamkhed: The Comprehensive Rural Health Project | Raj and Mabelle Arole | 1994  | This book tells the story of the Jamkhed model, which is the story of people – of disenfranchised men and women, outside the mainstream of society, who have gained the self-esteem and self-confidence necessary to determine their own lives. It is also the story of the development of a sustainable community-based primary health care program in one of the poorest parts of India.

Resources from TearFund:

Tearfund International Learning Zone (TILZ) | These publications provide practical information and tools to equip people who are working to bring about positive change in their communities, covering a range of topics including food security, health, disasters, climate change and advocacy. Most publications are available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Footsteps Magazine and Podcast | A magazine sharing information, ideas, contacts and experience in a Christian context at grassroots level, with an accompanying podcast series, How To Build Community, on community-based programs and topics.