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The Opioid Crisis and the Role of Community Health Workers

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 Healthcare Outcomes): A new model for educating primary care providers about treatment of substance use disorders

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. 

Driving the precision medicine highway: community health workers and patient navigators

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. 

A community-based diabetes group pilot incorporating a community health worker and photovoice methodology in an urban primary care practice

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.

Tobacco cessation in Vietnam: Exploring the role of village health workers

Presenting the results of a survey of 449 Village Health Workers (VHWs) from 26 communes in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam, this study explores current tobacco use treatment (TUT) practice patterns, attitudes and beliefs among VHWs about delivering smoking cessation interventions and perceived barriers to doing so.

ZIKA: a new system to empower health workers and local communities to improve surveillance protocols by E-learning and to forcast ZIka virus in real time in Brazil

This paper presents the “ZIKA system” a mobile surveillance, e-learning and forecasting system, that helps community health workers to learn techniques and good practices in the surveillance of the ZIKA virus. The system is one of the first to combine public health surveillance, citizen-driven participatory reporting and weather data-based prediction.

Factors enabling community health workers and volunteers to overcome sociocultural barriers to behaviour change: meta-synthesis using the concept of social capital

A meta-synthesis of the existing literature, this article examines 33 publications to identify the factors that enable community health workers to bring about behavior change. It explicitly recognizes the difference between full-time trained and salaried community health workers and part-time community volunteers and proposes an approach to better coordinating the community health workforce to serve health, behavior change and empowerment needs. 

Evaluation of Healthy Fit: A Community Health Worker Model to Address Hispanic Health Disparities

Healthy Fit is an intervention that uses CHWs to extend the public health infrastructure to reduce Hispanic health disparities in the US. This study evaluates the effectiveness of Healthy Fit in identifying the health needs of Hispanic Americans living on the US-Mexico border, and in helping participants access health services through CHW recommendations/referrals. 

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