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The Community Health Toolkit

A group of leading organizations serving the hardest-to-reach communities have come together to collaborate on the Community Health Toolkit (CHT). The CHT is a global public good and a shared toolkit to advance universal health coverage. It’s a collection of open source technologies and open access design, technical, and implementer resources. Together, we envision a world where primary health care is of highest attainable quality, equitable, accessible, and delivered by people who are trusted in their communities.  


Open Source Technology

The CHT supports full-featured, scalable digital health apps that equip health workers to provide better primary care in their communities. We’re designing for integrated community health systems that improve the coverage, quality, speed, and equity of primary health care.

This community is building the core framework that powers the CHT. We are also extending the framework’s core functionality through a growing range of custom apps and integrations. These open-source apps can serve as templates for building new apps.

 
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Community Principles

CHT community members have come together in order to:

 
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Advance universal health coverage

Work towards integrated care and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as the new status quo, so that care reaches everyone when and where they need it.

 
 
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Build open-source software

Open-source advances accountability, encourages local ownership and adaptation, and supports standards that enable collaboration and efficient data sharing.

 
 
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Invest in open access resources

Share resources for designers, implementers, and system owners to support open access care delivery models that lower barriers to scale, reach, and sustained impact.

 
 
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Practice human-centered design

Human-centered and participatory design is crucial in building, scaling, and studying new technologies and strategies. Organizations and featured resources are included on the basis of their contribution to concrete implementations and shared learning.

 

CHT community members also participate in the Design for Health community and support the Principles for Digital Development and the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health.


Contributing Partners

Day in and day out, hundreds of people are already contributing to the CHT as designers, developers, researchers, data scientists, health policy experts, community health system implementers, and frontline health workers. We are affiliated with a range of global health NGOs, technical organizations, governments, and research institutions. The non-profit organization Medic Mobile serves as the CHT’s initial technical steward. If you’re interested in joining the community and contributing to the CHT, please get in touch.


 Photo credit to Laxmi Kaul

Photo credit to Laxmi Kaul

 

Get Involved

We’ve been building this toolkit for years, and we announced communityhealthtoolkit.org in November 2018. This effort is a work in progress, and there are a number of ways you can get involved and contribute: