Health systems research informs community engagement, public health practice, and patient centered primary health care interventions; yet more often than not, it is designed, managed and published without the participation of the people it is intended to serve. There is increasing attention to the role community health workers (CHWs) can play in community health research and in improving its quality and uptake.
This webinar, co-hosted by the HSG Community Health Workers TWG, the HSG Social Science Approaches for Research and Engagement in Health Policy and Systems (SHAPES) TWG and CHW Central, presented experiences and research findings on the role of CHWs as research partners. Sharing evidence from North American and African contexts, it outlines the ways CHWs have been involved in research. It addressed the benefits of CHW participation in health systems research, but also discuss potential pitfalls. It provided participants with case examples and recommendations for engaging CHWs as co-investigators and research partners.