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Realigning Health with Care

This article explains the current state and focus of the U.S. healthcare system and describes it’s shortcomings.  The authors propose a widening of definitions in regards to product, place, and provider in an effort to allow for cheaper health interventions such as community health worker programs.  This article also evaluates the different ways in which healthcare in the U.S.

Sustainable Financing Models for Community Health Worker Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice

The focus of this report is on the financial sustainability of Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in the state of Connecticut.  The goal of this research is to find a way in which Connecticut can develop an effective program that utilizes CHWs to improve patient health outcomes and achieve a level of positive financial return.  This report worked within the boundaries of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model (SIM), a federally funded grant to aid in transforming healthcare systems from state to state, in order to ensure a possible funding source for the resulting new programs.  The repor

Strengthening the role of Community Health Representatives in the Navajo Nation

The objective of this study was to evaluate how the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (CORE) program has affected Navajo Nation Community Health Representative (CHR) teams over the past 6 years. COPE staff members surveyed CHRs in 2014 and 2015 about their perceptions of and experience working with COPE, including potential effects COPE may have had on communication among patients, CHRs, and hospital-based providers. COPE staff also conducted focus groups with all eight Navajo Nation CHR teams.

CHW Resources

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a public health worker that is committed to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare and social services in a community. The CDC has compiled a webpage with resources collected from their projects across the organization related to CHWs. This page serves as an excellent resource for both CHW workers as well as people that work with CHWs.

 

 

Cracking the Nut Health 2016: The Role of Communities in Building Resilient Health Systems

The learning event, Cracking the Nut Health: The Role of Communities in Building Resilient Health Systems took place July 18-19, 2016 in Washington, D.C., which focused on the three core themes:

How States Can Fund Community Health Workers through Medicaid to Improve People’s Health, Decrease Costs, and Reduce Disparities

This brief explains how community health workers improve people’s health, reduce health care costs, and address barriers to care. The brief continues to discuss key questions regarding sustainable funding of CHW programs through Medicaid reimbursement for states that want to start or expand such programs. Case studies in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Mexico are presented, detailing how these states fund, train, certify, and integrate CHW programs. Finally, the authors discuss what state advocates need to know to move forward with building or expanding CHW programs in their state.

Mounting Evidence of the Effectiveness and Versatility of Community Health Workers

Recent years have proven that community health workers serve important roles in healthcare systems, including in the United States. This article briefly discusses the effectiveness and versatility of community health workers and their various roles in healthcare delivery systems. The evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of community health workers in many diverse public health-related roles.  

Understanding Scope and Competencies: A Contemporary Look at the United States Community Health Worker Field

Progress Report of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Consensus (C3) Project: Building National Consensus on CHW Core Roles, Skills, and Qualities :

Hope Through Health with Dr. Kevin Fiori

 Daniel Palazuelos, Partners In Health, and Dr. Kevin Fiori, co-founder of Hope Through Health, discuss Dr. Fiori’s organization and global health. Hope Through Health is an organization dedicated to health care delivery in Togo and faced many challenges in its beginnings, but now successfully utilizes community health workers to empower the community and has increased the capacity of the community to hold the health care system accountable for quality and effective health care.

“Don’t Call it a Comeback, They’ve Been Here for Years” with Shreya Kangovi

 In this roundtable discussion, Daniel Palazuelos, Partners In Health, and Dr. Shreya Kangovi, Penn Center for Community Health Workers, discuss the significance of CHW programs in the United States. Whereas community health workers are often thought to be necessary in resource-poor settings, there is a place for CHWs in the U.S. as they are often a solution to approaching the big picture. Dr. Kangovi founded a domestic U.S.

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