Community Health Agent: status adapted with Family Health Program reality?

Karina Tonini dos Santos Nemre Adas Saliba Suzely Adas Saliba Moimaz Renato Moreira Arcieri Maria de Lourdes Carvalho About the authors

This study analysis the status and work reality of Community Health Agents, with the purpose of contributing to the improvement of the Brazilian Health System (SUS) in small cities. It was discussed aspects related to their participation in the team of the Family Health Program (PSF) and their interaction with the community. It was observed a lack of motivation and experience, which compromises the quality of Agents performance in the community. It is known that these findings are reflex and consequence of an established context. It is necessary the team rethink their practice, specially the managers, having always as fundament the principles that guide the SUS and PSF.

Community health agents; Health services; Family Health Program

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