Community Based On Health Care Workshops

Following the success of the first step of Community Health Training – “Mentoring and Coaching Workshop”, Resource Exchange International (REI) continues collaborating with Center for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community (CoRE) in implementing “Community Based Health Care Workshop” to equip social workers with exploring how communities can effectively take ownership for their own health and development.

Taken place from 15th to 18th October 2015 at Tea Talk Cafe with 26 participants including Community Developers, Social Workers, teachers and students in relative field, day 1 of training began with a look at worldview and neuroscience as influencers in how people change. This was followed by a review of the previous workshop on Mentoring and Coaching, sharing how those skills have been used practically over the past 4 months, and connecting coaching with neuroscience and change. The rest of the day was spent looking at community based health care (CBHC), community development, and some of the factors that affect the overall life of the community. The questions for group discussion included “What is Community?”  , “What are aspects of Life in Vietnamese Community?”  , “What is Community Development?”  , “What is Community Based?”  .


The discussions defined above concepts such as: “A Community is a group of people living together in a defined geographic location and sharing common interests, culture and resources. The aspects of life in Vietnamese community include geographic location, education, economy, law and policy… “Community Development” is A process in which the people of a community grow in their ability to solve their own problems and take control of their lives resulting in growth of the whole person (physical, psychological, spiritual) and improvement of the various aspects of their community (health, agriculture, water, relationships, etc.).

CoRE_CBCH 2 Day 2 built on the idea of community development by looking at Empowerment – what it is, how it relates to communities, and how it can encourage communities to reach their potential. Participants learnt that “Empowerment is Equipping people with what they need in order get the results they are trying to achieve. Appreciative Inquiry, Resource Mapping and Coaching were several tools that were presented as a means for the community health worker to facilitate empowerment in the community. These tools were practiced in group and used on Day 3 during a field experience by all participants.

Day 3 began by dividing into 5 groups of 5 people which visited 5 different communities including businesses and homes to practice Appreciative Inquiry, Resource Mapping and Coaching questions to help themselves and the communities see the assets and resources they have upon which they could build. On returning, participants discussed what each group discovered during the exercise. The sociology of change (Diffusion of Innovation), Approach to Human Need and Helping That Hurts were introduced in the afternoon that helped participants explore the effective ways to work with community.


(Some pictures of Resource Mapping drawn by participants after doing interviews with communities)

Day 4 looked again at Coaching skills and Level of Learning that showed which stage people need a coach. Besides, trainers reviewed how communities actually change and demonstrated the Problem Solving Process as a practical tool in that process. The participants tied all the concepts together from the 4 days, discussed and made a specific plan to access, partner and empower community to apply them in their various settings. Finally, the possibility of future training was discussed with CoRE leadership members and the participants.


(Some pictures of Community Development plan presented by groups of participants)


Also available in: Vietnamese

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