community health promoters

Peru: Healthy Communities Ready for the Harvest

In early March, as one of Grounds for Health’s new Program Managers, I made my way to Peru for my first Grounds for Health trip to the field. After many travel delays due to snow in Vermont followed by rain in Peru, I was beyond happy to be greeted in Jaen four days later by...
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VIA Army: Winning Battles in Nicaragua

Friday, September 27th Dr. Barinia Osejo smiles from ear to ear as she addresses the foot soldiers of what she calls the “VIA Army” – a group of local doctors, nurses, medical directors, and community health promoters who are fighting on the front lines of cervical cancer prevention in northern Nicaragua. It was the ceremonial...
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Churupampa Walk

We had been walking steadily downhill through coffee fields for about two hours, stopping once or twice to “poach” a tropical fruit and satisfy our slight hunger. This November day had started off as all mornings in the coffee-growing region of Chirinos, Peru seem to: cool and slightly cloudy. But during those hours of plodding...
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Bananas: A Lesson from Field-Testing

Over the last month, we’ve learned a ton from round one of field-testing our new Community Health Promoter Curriculum in Nicaragua. Field-testing is a fascinating process that provides tremendous insight into the complexity of human communication. How do we best communicate? How do I know that if I say “blue” that you will understand just...
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Field Testing: Community Health Promoter Curriculum

We recently finished the first round of formal field-testing of our Community Health Promoter Curriculum in Nicaragua. After months of editing, re-editing, seeking feedback and preliminary testing, we are finally close to a great finished product. In the works: another field test in Peru in November and in Tanzania in February. An important part of...
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A Focus on Training in Hard-to-Reach Areas of Mexico

Earlier this month, Grounds for Health and Ramal Santa Cruz conducted a two-day training of Community Health Promoters in Chiapas, representing some of the region’s most isolated communities. In advance of the training, Grounds for Health in-country staff and key leaders from Ramal Santa Cruz traveled to communities previously unreached by the project, with the...
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