Video Spotlight

"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Community Health Worker Opportunities and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

This short article demonstrates potential opportunities for community health workers under the new Affordable Care Act. The role of CHWs has more recently become legitimized as their value to improving the efficacy of care is increasingly recognized. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health discusses the potential roles of CHWs and funding opportunities to promote utilization of CHWs in the County and State.

Building a National Research Agenda for the Community Health Worker Field

This document summarizes the results of a unique and rich dialogue during a two-day conference, in which for the first time a diverse group of individuals including CHWs, researchers and other stakeholders produced and prioritized a set of research questions about CHWs. That set of questions is the true heart of a potential
research agenda.

Community health workers "101" for primary care providers and other stakeholders in health care systems.

Today's ambulatory care providers face numerous challenges as they try to practice efficient, patient-centered medicine. This article explains how community health workers (CHWs) can be engaged to address many patient- and system-related barriers currently experienced in ambulatory care practices. Community health workers are frontline public health workers who serve as a trusted bridge between community members and health care providers. Among their varied roles, CHWs can educate and support patients in managing their risk factors and diseases and link these patients to needed resources.

Community Health Workers Can Be a Public Health Force for Change in the United States: Three Actions for a New Paradigm

Community health workers (CHWs) have gained increased visibility in the United States. We discuss how to strengthen the role of CHWs to enable them to become collaborative leaders in dramatically changing health care from “sickness care” systems to ones that provide comprehensive care for individuals and families and support community and tribal wellness.

We recommend drawing on the full spectrum of CHWs’ roles so that they can make optimal contributions to health systems and the building of community capacity for health and wellness.

'I Am Who I Serve'—Community Health Workers In Family Planning Programs

For decades, family planning programs and other public health programs have utilized community health workers (CHWs) as a way to reach and serve disadvantaged populations, often immigrants leery of governmentsponsored programs. CHWs—who are generally lay members of the same communities these programs are seeking to serve—provide a variety of functions, including outreach, counseling and education, and patient navigation.

A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws

 

The  Community Health Workers in Massachusetts: Improving Health Care and Public Health Report (2009) identifies four areas in which Departments of Public Health and partner organizations can develop a sustainable CHW program: infrastructure, professional identity, workforce development, and financing. The report includes recommendations in each area and a fact sheet that summarizes the extent to which States have enacted laws addressing the four areas. 

Addressing Chronic Disease through Community Health Workers: A Policy and Systems-Level Approach. A Policy Brief on Community Health Workers

This document provides guidance and resources for implementing recommendations to integrate community health workers (CHWs) into community-based efforts to prevent chronic disease. After providing general information on CHWs in the United States, it sets forth evidence demonstrating the value and impact of CHWs in preventing and managing a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and cancer.

The Community Health Worker’s Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke

Community health workers (CHWs) can play a critical role in promoting healthy living by educating community members about heart disease and stroke prevention and by helping people understand the importance of health care self-management, especially in underserved communities throughout the United States.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Messages for Community Health Worker Programs: A Training Packet (Part 2)

This training packet provides an introduction to interactive methods for training community health workers, and three lesson plans for training CHWs to include breast and cervical cancer messages in their work. The included lesson plans are (a) key facts about finding breast and cervical cancer early; (b) barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening, and (c) encouraging women to get screened for breast and cervical cancer. Trainer resources, handouts of additional information for participants, and transparencies are also contained in the training packet.

Effectiveness of community health workers delivering preventive interventions for maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

Community Health Workers are widely utilised in low- and middle-income countries and may be an important tool in reducing maternal and child mortality; however, evidence is lacking on their effectiveness for specific types of programmes, specifically programmes of a preventive nature.

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