The epidemic of opioid addiction has spread at a rapid pace across the United States since the 1990s. A number of medical and non medical factors have contributed to its progression. As such, Community Health Workers play an important role in addressing social determinants of health and ensuring access to care.
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health care Outcomes) is an effort focused at providing training and mentorship to primary care providers for management of patients with complex conditions. This article looks at teleECHO, a clinic based out of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center which aims to benefit individuals suffering from behavioural health and substance use disorders.
Despite the availability of precision medicine – treatments tailored to patient’s particular needs based on their genetic make-up, environment and other factors – many minority or underserved populations do not have access to or cannot understand information related to precision medicine. This study proposes a coordinated expansion of community health worker and patient navigator roles to translate information to patients and expand access to precision medicine.
This paper presents the results of a study using trained CHWs to compare in-person auditory brainstem response (ABR). The intervention linked CHWs to a tele-medicine approach in a community-based pediatric hearing screening program; it concludes that a tele-medicine approach is viable.
Over a three-month period, this study evaluated a community-based diabetes self-management intervention that incorporated photovoice and community health workers to identify diabetes management approaches that work in an African American community.
This study attempts to characterize the relationship dynamics between Latino participants and CHWs from the participant's perspective to determine if CHW-delivered community interventions affect behavior change among participants who reported anxiety and depression.
This randomized trial sort to assess whether a standardized intervention delivered by community health workers can be effective for improving clinical outcomes. The results showed that indeed they could improve patient-perceived quality.
To support quality CHW program design and implementation, USAID, UNICEF, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and Initiatives Inc. have updated and adapted the Community Health Worker Assessment and Improvement Matrix (CHW AIM) Program Functionality Matrix tool. This tool can be applied at district, regional, and national levels to identify and close gaps in design and implementation and, ultimately, enhance program performance.