Before setting up your community, consider your purpose - is it to coordinate and supervise community health programs, provide training and mentoring to community health workers, raise awareness of a health issue, or something else? Your purpose will help you to decide which members to include in the community and what groups they will be in. You might create or add groups for:
- community health workers by geographical area;
- community health workers by skill set;
- community health workers by health conditions or programs;
- new community health workers on basic training;
- ongoing training for community health workers;
- managers or program coordinators;
- hospital management team;
- healthcare teams – physicians, consulting nurses, medical social workers;
- medical supplies and pharmaceutical team;
- community leaders.
A clear community purpose will help your admin team and members to understand why some groups are added while others are not. For example, if the community’s purpose is to provide health education and primary care services for families, you might decide to create or add groups of community health workers who specialize in maternal and newborn health, or mental health counselling. You may even include a group to share success stories or discuss solutions to challenges encountered in the communities. However, in this case, it might not be appropriate to link social groups to your community.