Over 60 million people reside outside cities in the United States. These populations often face higher rates of diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and suicide. While no specific cause for these disparities have been identified, environmental differences, education gaps and workforce shortages could be potential causes. This article presents 5 strategies for improving public health in rural America. Establishing a strong network of community health workers is highly recommended for improved health outcomes.
Community health workers (CHWs) increasingly engaged to provide accessible and affordable serviced that are responsive to patient needs. This cross-sectional study looks at understanding CHW confidence in medication management to identify areas of focus for improving CHW medication management training.
Consumers are known to show a preference for home and community based long-term care (LTC) services (HCBS) but they are often unaware of the services available to them. This study examined the role of community health workers (CHWs) in helping Medicaid beneficiaries meet their LTC needs as compared to the use of standard HCBS outreach processes.
Community health workers (CHWs) play a key role in addressing social determinants of health especially among low-income, ethnic minority groups. This study comprises a secondary analysis of a randomized control trail which examined how CHWs support ambulatory healthcare among Hispanic and African American patients with uncontrolled type-2 diabetes.
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.