In many settings, nurses supervise community health workers (CHWs). CHW Central has recently added a chapter on the topic of supervision. It doesn't directly address the role, or potential role, of nurses, but I find it to be very relevant. I also appreciate that they specifically address the issue of working with/supervising CHWs who do not read/write. Please find links attached to the article in full and let us know if you supervise CHWs.
From CHW Centtral: Supervision of Community Health Workers
Continuing our chapter-by-chapter recap of the CHW Reference Guide, we are pleased to present the summary of Chapter Ten by Dr. Kate Tulenko from IntraHealth International. This chapter explores the challenging and complex issue of community health worker supervision, suggesting different objectives and models to improve the quality of CHW supervision. Improved supervision has the potential to greatly impact the sustainability and resiliency of health systems.
Dr. Tulenko is a physician and global health specialist and is currently serving as Vice President of Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth International. She is globally recognized for her expertise in health workforce and health systems and has sat on several expert panels for the World Health Organization, the American Public Health Association, and more.
Additional Resources About CHW Supervision:
•Supervising Illiterate Community Health Workers in South Sudan to Deliver Integrated Community Case Management Services for Newborns and Children
•Evaluating the effect of innovative motivation and supervision approaches on community health worker performance and retention in Uganda and Mozambique: study protocol for a randomized control trial
•Can coaching health workers improve the performance of health systems?
•Primary Health Care for Remote Village Communities in Honduras: A Model for Training and Support of Community Health Workers
Link leads to: http://www.chwcentral.org/blog/supervision-community-health-workers?utm_source=CHW+Members+5-10-16&utm_campaign=d999f1cecb-RefGuideCh8&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1c6055fc8a-d999f1cecb-99100533
Link leads to: http://chwcentral.org/developing-and-strengthening-community-health-worker-programs-scale-reference-guide-and-case-studies