The role of community engagement in building sustainable health-care delivery interventions for Kenya

Elise Catherine Davis, Elizabeth T. Arana, John S. Creel, Stephanie C. Ibarra, Jesus Lechuga, Rachel A. Norman, Hannah R. Parks, Ali Qasim, David Y. Watkins, Bita A. Kash

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to provide a general review of the health-care needs in Kenya which focuses on the role of community engagement in facilitating access and diminishing barriers to quality care services. Health-care concerns throughout Kenya and the culture of Kenyan’s health-care practices care are considered. Design/methodology/approach: A comprehensive review covered studies of community engagement from 2000 till present. Studies are collected using Google Scholar, PubMed, EBSCOhost and JSTOR and from government and nongovernment agency websites. The approach focuses on why various populations seek health care and how they seek health care, and on some current health-care delivery models. Findings: Suggestions for community engagement, including defining the community, are proposed. A model for improved health-care delivery introduces community health workers (CHWs), mHealth technologies and the use of mobile clinics to engage the community and improve health and quality of care in low-income settings. Practical implications: The results emphasize the importance of community engagement in building a sustainable health-care delivery model. This model highlights the importance of defining the community, setting goals for the community and integrating CHWs and mobile clinics to improve health status and decrease long-term health-care costs. The implementation of these strategies contributes to an environment that promotes health and wellness for all. Originality/value: This paper evaluates health-care quality and access issues in Kenya and provides sustainable solutions that are linked to effective community engagement. In addition, this paper adds to the limited number of studies that explore health-care quality and access alongside community engagement in low-income settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2018


  • Access
  • Community engagement
  • Community health worker
  • Kenya
  • Mobile clinic
  • Quality of care
  • mHealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


Dive into the research topics of 'The role of community engagement in building sustainable health-care delivery interventions for Kenya'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this