Siloam’s Community Health Immersion students worked to train refugee lay health workers for a more effective outreach to the refugee families in Nashville. This work drew much of its inspiration from successful community health worker programs found in impoverished nations.
In a guest blog at Huffington Post, comments made by James Nardella (Lwala Community Alliance) resonate with our experience here in Nashville.
James writes: “Scale and efficiency are important to moving health care goods and services…. But, when it comes to addressing the root causes for poor health in many places, scale can be a distraction. Delivering goods and services alone will not motivate people toward health seeking behavior.” James goes on to point out that, “…health-seeking decisions are made at the family level.”