Promotoras de salud and community health representatives along the Arizona U.S.-Mexico border collaboratively developed CHW Voluntary Certification to improve the status, credibility, compensation, and standardization of CHWs. Implementation of this program required overcoming historical resistance from the state legislature toward creation of state-wide regulations. This case … [Read more...] about Establishing voluntary certification of community health workers in Arizona: a policy case study of building a unified workforce.
North America (U.S. and Canada)
Low- and middle-income countries house 80% of all cases of diabetes worldwide. Community-based peer and community health worker-led diabetes self-management programs offer a low-resource strategy to support diabetes management. Mahmoud Werfalli and colleagues surveyed research on these programs to understand how they have been implemented and what their impacts are on health. … [Read more...] about The effectiveness of peer and community health worker-led self-management support programs for improving diabetes health-related outcomes in adults in low- and-middle-income countries: a systematic review
Interest and investment in Community Health Workers varies depending on the state of the research on the effectiveness of each program. In this commentary, Stephen Hodgins describes how sustained interest can be achieved by increasing cross-communication between small demonstration projects and large programs. … [Read more...] about Learning from Community Health Worker programs, big and small
A diverse array of approaches exist to encourage community engagement to achieve communicable disease control. K. Questa and colleagues collected 13 systematic reviews of research examining community engagement-related communicable disease control to understand which approaches to engagement exist and what is known about their effectiveness. Approaches included community … [Read more...] about Community engagement interventions for communicable disease control in low- and lower- middle-income countries: evidence from a review of systematic reviews
The best mode of CHW-supported health care for low income, Hispanic patients remains an understudied area of research. Barbara Turner and colleagues assessed health outcomes among Texan, Hispanic patients experiencing Diabetes Mellitus. They followed patients for six months following care management received from CHWs either by telephone only, during clinic visits without … [Read more...] about Telephone or Visit-Based Community Health Worker Care Management for Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus: A Longitudinal Study