Dr Jason Rosenfeld

Publications relevant to Community Health Clubs

  1. Rosenfeld.J. (2019)  Social capital and community health clubs in Haiti. PhD thesis submitted to University of North Carolina
  2. Rosenfeld, J.   (2010) Incremental Improvements to Community Water Supply Systems through Community Health Clubs in the Umzimkhulu Local Municipality.  International Water Association.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  3. Rosenfeld. J. (2012)   CHCs in the  Dominican Republic. Africa  AHEAD Side Event. Water and Health Conference University of North Carolina.
  4. Rosenfeld. J. (2016) Building Common-Unity one Club at a Time. TED Video
  5. Rosenfeld J and Taylor, B. (2015) Global Health in the Dominican Republic: Progress and Obstacles to Scale Up and Implementation of Successful Programs. EDGS Working Paper. Number 35. University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.
  6. Rosenfeld J & Waterkeyn J.   (2009) Using Cell Phones to monitor and evaluate behaviour change through Community Health Clubs in South Africa.Water Engineering & Development Centre 

Community Unity in CHCs

Jason Rosenfeld (DrPH, MPH) was the first intern in Africa AHEAD, a Political Scientist who had just completed a Public Health Masters, with field experience in Kenya. He made the journey to see the CHC projects in Zimbabwe and immediately uderstood the CHC approach. He joined as a volunteer, us first in Cape Town, where he helped to put together the website for Africa AHEAD. He was tasked to  write a proposal which would enable him to become a Project Manager of a CHC project. He succeeded in  raising funds for a project  in rural Kwa Zulu Natal where he was able to be fully immersed  and learn the CHC approach first hand, gaining valuable insights  at grass roots level. He assisted in the first cell phone monitoring we conducted and presented the methodology  when it was comparatively new to our field. He was then seconded as a Technical Advisor to our Zimbabwe Programme in October 2009, where he assisted for a further year, writing outstanding proposals which were accepted by  both ACF  and  USAID in 2012, and resulted in some of our most sucessful programmes to-date. During his year in Zimbabwe, Jason  co-authored a comprehensive School Health Club manual with Juliet Waterkeyn which was funded by Unicef. On his return to his home in the USA in 2011, Jason joined  the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics (www.texashumanities.org), University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and  is currenlty Assistant Director of Global Health. Being a dedicated  CHC enthusiast, he soon adapted  his experience in Africa to the other side of the Atlantic, developing a tool kit for the Caribbean culture, based on the CHC Model and our own visual aids. He then started a small research project  in Domenican Republic which resulted in some interesting new data. This led to  a sucessful replication of the CHCs into Haiti where they are now flourishing through a local NGO Eco-Eau et Jeunesse Haiti, in aa collaboration called Lakou la Sante. In 2014,  Jason arranged for Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn to  speak to the Municipality of San Antonio which led to the first CHCs in the USA using the approach within the Latino communities  in Texas to tackle local health issues such as diabetes and obesety. Jason completed his DrPH in 2019, at the University of North Carolina, and his thesis is one of the most relevant research theses for our organisation and his TED talk is one of the best advocacy tools to promote our CHC Approach. Through the supervision of  his Masters students CHCs  were introduced into Burkana Faso  in 2017 and into Ethiopia in a pilot project in 2019. For all these reasons we are delighted he is an active Associate of Africa AHEAD.