Community Based Prevention and Care


Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group Issues Paper

CCIH has four working groups to support CCIH efforts in its four thematic areas. Each of the four working groups, including the working group on Community-Based Prevention and Care, developed an “issues paper” to serve as an agenda for CCIH action. This is the resulting community-based prevention and care issues paper.

In addition to drafting this issues paper, the Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group participates in group calls throughout the year and meets in person at the CCIH Annual Conference to develop and implement action plans based on the issues paper. If you are passionate about the importance of community-based prevention and care in the public health dialogue, we would love to have you as part of our working group! Your voice will help inform CCIH’s leadership and direction in this critical thematic area, and we are eager to harvest the experience and expertise of a wide array of voices in the CCIH network on this important topic.

For more information, please contact Carolyn O’Brien at carolyn.obrien (at) ccih.org

See the Issues Paper

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.

Community-Based Approaches to Improve Maternal/Child Health | August 2013 | Webinar recording featuring Dr. Henry Perry, Senior Associate in International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the impact of community-based primary health care programs on health improvement, especially on the health of mothers and children. Access the webinar (Note-Java version 6 or later required is required to view session recordings)

Training Opportunities

Christian Health Service Corps offers training such as Teaching Healthcare in a Global Setting, Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview, and Disaster and Refugee Response, and more to prepare health practitioners and others who will be working with communities in health.

CHW Central offers many resources for Community Health Worker training.

Reports, Articles, and Books

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.

Health Promoting Churches – Reflections for Commemorative Health Days | 2020 | Dr. Mwai Makoka, World Council of Churches | These reflections have been prepared for Christian congregations to use for reflection on commemorative days. The reflections are short enough to be read during a church service on the Sunday closest to the commemorative day, but can also be read and discussed in small groups, such as midweek prayers, Bible study, or youth groups.

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.

Sustainability Book | 2019 | World Council of Churches | The Sustainability Book offers online texts and resources about the Sustainable Development Goals for use by congregations, gatherings, and individuals. The book invites churches and Christian organizations to make up a network with branches in communities around the world. “Will we be able to use the resources we have at our disposal to generate meaningful changes?” the editors ask. “The combination of facts, Biblical reflections, questions and prayers will allow you to use this book as a resource in sermons, Bible study groups, and confirmation teaching.

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.

Setting Up Community Health Programs: A Practical Manual for Use in Developing Countries | Ted Lankester | 2009

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.

Resources from Hesperian:

Hesperian Health Guides: mainly community-based, some books they produce (with much input from their community partners around the world), other books that share their community-empowerment philosophy are included. 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 from Jhpiego:

Jhpiego CHW resources |  Jhpiego provides the global health community with information, expertise and opportunities to support high quality health systems in limited-resource settings.

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

Resources from TearFund:

Tearfund International Learning Zone (TILZ) | 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 | A magazine sharing information, ideas, contacts and experience in a Christian context at grassroots level.

PILLARS | Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for use in small community groups.

Umoja | A church and community mobilization process, inspiring and equipping communities through the local church.

World Council of Churches:

Contact Magazine Started in 1970 (by Christian Medical Commission (CMC), which morphed into Health & Healing), it has promoted primary health care since then, as well as discussing other issues and providing case studies; WHO learned about PHC from CMC, which influenced AlmaAta Conference and Declaration. In the 1970s this was a primary resource on PHC for people throughout the world; copies were sent free to MoHs, universities, NGOs, Church mission boards, anyone who asked (Connie Gates produced issues 1-15).

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