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Addressing Chronic Disease through Community Health Workers: A Policy and Systems-level Approach

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. In addition, descriptions are offered of chronic disease programs that are engaging

Policy Evidence Assessment Report: Community Health Worker Policy Components

Policy Evidence Assessment Reports summarize the evidence bases for components of chronic disease policy. Evidence based policy can be used to prevent, control, and improve the outcomes of chronic disease, but the strength of the evidence for many components of policy is unknown. The Policy Evidence Assessment Reports are intended to inform researchers, evaluators, and practitioners about the strengths and limitations of the evidence bases for individual components of chronic disease policy interventions.

An Action Guide on Community Health Workers (CHWs): Guidance for the CHW Workforce

This guide may be helpful to members, or prospective members, of the CHW workforce in a variety of ways. It summarizes evidence-based best practices that CHWs should seek to adopt or reinforce in their work with patients and families. It delineates possible quality indicators for high-quality CHW programs. This guide also provides background on key state policy matters related to the training and certification of CHWs that members of the CHW workforce may wish to influence. 

An Action Guide on Community Health Workers (CHWs): Guidance for Organizations Working With CHWs

This guide provides information that may be helpful in various ways for organizations considering the employment of CHWs. It summarizes evidence-based best practices that organizations may wish to adopt or reinforce. It delineates possible quality indicators for high-quality CHW programs that may be used in discussions with payers. It provides background on key state policy matters related to the training and certification of CHWs that provider organizations may wish to influence. And it describes policy experts’ experiences and perspectives on options for reimbursement.

CDC Evaluation Coffee Break: Evaluating CHW Programs

Hello, and welcome to today’s Coffee Break presented by the Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are really fortunate to have Alberta Mirambeau as today’s presenter. Alberta is from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and is a Health Scientist on the Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team. My name is Jan Losby and I am also a member of the Evaluation Team. It is my pleasure to serve as today’s moderator for this 20 minute session. 

National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey Report

The 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey (NCHWAS) is the largest on-line survey of Community Health Workers ever conducted. NCHWAS aims to describe (1) the state of CHWs as a professional field and (2) the impact of CHW community advocacy on community engagement to address health disparities.

Community Health Worker Credentialing: State Approaches

Community health workers (CHWs) have shown, time and again, that they can improve health 
outcomes while reducing healthcare costs. Reductions in chronic illness, improved medication 
adherence, more patient involvement, and better community health have been accompanied by a 
return on investment of more than $2 for every dollar invested. Yet several barriers are keeping 
CHWs from being full participants in the healthcare system. According to a 2002 Institute of 

Indian Health Service: Improving Patient Care Resource Guide

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for the provision of healthcare to enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes either directly or through partnership with Tribal and Urban programs. It is a shared goal of all partners in the Indian health system to ensure universal access to high quality health care for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.

The IHS has four priorities aimed at system transformation; these priorities were established to meet current and future challenges of providing quality health care services for AI/ANs:

Best Practice Guidelines for Implementing and Evaluating Community Health Worker Programs in Health Care Settings

There is a growing movement among health care organizations to adopt the Community 
Health Worker (CHW) model into their system as a way to provide comprehensive care 
to patients and community members. At the same time there is uncertainty about how 
to implement the CHW model to achieve better patient outcomes, higher quality of care, 
and lower health care costs. With generous funding from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, 
the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in Chicago, IL embarked on a two-year project 


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