Community Health Development Program

Strategies for the CHDP

The CHDP of the DLSMHSI is an offshoot of the Health Resource Development Project III (HRDP III) that was participated in 1991-1994 by the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and the College of Nursing (CN) of the Institution, then known as the De La Salle University- Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine (DLSU-EACM). Most of the strategies of the HRDP III are still being adapted in the implementation of the present CCDSL.

  1. Collaboration between DLSMHSI and LGU of the partner community
  2. Formation of Community Health Organization (CHO)
  3. Coordination with the existing recognized organization of Community Health Workers (CHW)
  4. Mobilization of the people in the community through the CHO or CHW organization
  5. Trainings of the CHO or CHW organization members on:
    1. Leadership
    2. Participatory action research
    3. Project development and management
  6. Skills Training for Community Health Workers (CHWs)

These strategies are being incorporated in the 4 phases of community organizing process implemented through the CCDSL which include the pre-entry, entry, sustenance and strengthening, and phase over.

In order to carry out these strategies, the Student Immersion Program was created.  It is a program joined by the Colleges of Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Nursing which aims to enhance the learning skills and attitude of their students through an in-depth social engagement and integration to an actual setting wherein social, economic and political determinants play significant roles in the health of a person, his/her family and community. The Program also seeks to increase among these students an awareness of the Philippine health care delivery system and to increase an understanding of their roles as health care providers/professionals in the future. The interprofessional collaboration of these Colleges provides promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health care services in the partner communities.