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Cadernos de Saúde Pública

Print version ISSN 0102-311XOn-line version ISSN 1678-4464

Abstract

NASCIMENTO, Elisabet Pereira Lelo  and  CORREA, Carlos Roberto da Silveira. Community health agents: training, involvement, and practices. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.6, pp.1304-1313. ISSN 1678-4464.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2008000600011.

The aim of this study was to identify contributions by the training course for community health agents provided by the Municipal Health Secretariat in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, from 2001 to 2003, to evaluate their assessment concerning its role in the community, and to identify its impact on their professional practice. This was a qualitative health study using the focus group technique, and the empirical data were analyzed with thematic content analysis. Training of community health agents aimed to include a professional capable of reflecting on and intervening in the local reality. The Family Health Program - Paidéia included community health agents in the health system to help reorganize the activities in the primary health care units and consolidate the model. The training allowed community health agents to act as educational protagonists, producing emancipative knowledge and encouraging reflection and the capacity for critical analysis, including daily practice as a key determinant of their learning process in the search for solutions to the community's problems.

Keywords : Community Health Services; Health Personel; Family Health Program.

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