Priority Challenge Areas
In Our Credo tradition of putting people first, the Center for Health Worker Innovation has adopted a human-centered approach—impacting the system by first focusing on the needs of individual health workers and what they need to thrive on the job. We believe that by solving the challenges of frontline health workers, we will improve healthcare for everyone. Taking our lead from health workers and the communities they care for each and every day, the Center deploys a suite of tools, including but not limited to philanthropic funding from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, to accelerate solutions in five challenge areas.
Frontline health workers are the backbone of effective primary health systems but there are not enough of them, and many in the field lack the training and ongoing support to best serve their communities.
Learn how the Center is advancing training and education for frontline health workers
However, several barriers exist that hinder nurses, midwives and community health workers from rising to organizational leadership roles, including gender discrimination and a lack of fundamental leadership training.
Learn how the Center is building the capacity of frontline health workers to be effective leaders
Without proper coping strategies and techniques to build resilience, these stressful situations can negatively impact the overall health and well-being of health workers as well as the quality of their work, retention in service and patient health outcomes. Building resilience among individual health workers can better equip them to recover, adapt and grow in the face of adversity.
Learn how the Center is promoting frontline health worker resilience
High-functioning community health systems combine appropriate technology, well-trained health workers and effective processes to deliver high quality, lifesaving care. Such systems enhance engagement with clients, support decision making, increase efficiency, and foster linkages that enable their health workers and communities to thrive.
Learn how the Center is developing digital technologies for community health
We must work to ensure that health workers’ voices are heard, their work is fairly compensated, working conditions are safe and decent, and their roles are formalized and integrated within the health system. This is key to recruiting and retaining the primary health workforce needed to make quality, essential healthcare accessible to everyone, everywhere.
Learn how the Center is ensuring that health workers are valued and celebrated