The first ever Europe-wide online survey has been launched with the aim of improving health care services for men who have sex with men (MSM).
The ECHOES survey is the first of its kind to target community health workers who provide sexual health support including counselling, testing, and psychosocial care for MSM.
The findings of the ground-breaking ECHOES survey will be used to help understand who CHWs in Europe are, what they do, where they do it, how, and why they do it.
Findings will also be used to identify the barriers and challenges to CHWs as well as identify training needs.
‘Community Health Worker’ (CHW) is a relatively new term for Europe. Many CHWs go by different titles such as outreach workers, peer educators, NGO workers, promoters, peer counsellors, peer navigators, lay health workers, health providers, community advocates, volunteers, and so on.
Regardless of title, CHWs represent a large and diverse group of people who provide crucial sexual health support around HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), to gay, bisexual and other MSM in community settings.
Eligible for survey - Community health workers (CHW):
• If someone works with the general population in community settings (not in a hospital or clinic) but which may (and indeed likely to) also include MSM, then they are eligible to participate in the survey.
• So for example, staff in the formal healthcare system (e.g. Doctors, nurses, healthcare assistances, health promoters etc) can take part in the survey if they work in community settings (e.g. Youth clubs, churches, cafes, community centre, universities, etc) with the general population and as part of that population, MSM.
• As another example, if a sexual health nurse goes to people’s homes to deliver HIV care (again as an example only) or visits MSM in a local community setting, gay bar or NGO, then the nurse would also be eligible to take the survey.
• CHW directly working in NGOs for MSM.
To take part in the ECHOES survey go to: www.echoessurvey.eu
To find out more about the project go to: www.esticom.eu
ECHOES is part of ESTICOM project funded by the European Health Programme 2014 – 2020.