Authors: Marta Schaaf, Caitlin Warthin, Lynn Freedman, an Stephanie M Topp
CHWs connect the communities in which they live and the health systems in which they are immersed. Marta Schaaf and her colleagues identified the three main roles of CHWs in bridging this gap: the service extender (bringing medical services to the people), the cultural broker (interpreting medical services for the people), and the social change agent (helping address contexts that promote health). The researchers discuss the types of accountability inherent in each role and the implications of each type of accountability on development of CHW programs.
Link: The community health worker as service extender, cultural broker and social change agent: A critical interpretive synthesis of roles, intent, an accountability
Resource Topic: CHW Role
Resource Type: Journal articles