Community Health Worker Resource Center

What’s in the database?

This is the nation’s largest searchable collection of documents on policies around CHWs (mainly on the state level).

Who should use it? Documents found in this resource center are most useful for: state government officials; CHW leaders; current and potential employers and payers for CHWs; other individuals and stakeholder organizations involved in considering policies on CHWs  This database is not a resource for individual CHWs looking for tools to inform or improve their practice.

This database was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 5-NU38OT000286-02, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has funded decades of work to support the engagement of CHWs and was strategic in leading efforts to complete multiple systematic reviews on the topic, convene the 2019 CHW Forum, and has published extensive volumes of translational research resources to advance the CHW workforce and enhance health equity. To access CDC CHW resources, visit the CDC CHW Resources Gateway

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Community Health Workers in Low-, Middle-, and High-Income Countries: An Overview of Their History, Recent Evolution, and Current Effectiveness

State: NatDoc: National Document
Year: 2014

Over the past half-century, community health workers (CHWs) have been a growing force for extending health care and improving the health of populations. Following their introduction in the 1970s, many large-scale CHW programs declined during the 1980s, but CHW programs throughout the world more recently have seen marked growth. Research and evaluations conducted predominantly during

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Community Health Workers in Monterey County: A Report on Competencies, Training, and Best Practices with Recommendations for Expansion

State: CA
Year: 2018

An earlier PFMC report identified health care providers’ current (and potential) utilization of CHWs and their interest in developing a locally relevant CHW training program. This report provides organizations interested in engaging CHWs with timely information to help them use these new health care workers to improve access to needed health care services for all

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Community Health Worker Programs: A Case Study Compendium – Six models to guide program development

State: NatDoc: National Document
Year: 2018

This research report compares six best-in-class community health worker care team models across key components of programming, including scope of role, target population, and hiring model.

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Nebraska Community Health Worker Coalition Timeline

State: NE
Year: 2013

Timeline of CHW coalition development beginning in 1996 and continuing through 2014.

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Responses to Public Comments: Proposed Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) for Community Health Worker (CHW) Services

State: RI
Year: 2021

Rhode Island: Includes comments and responses on reimbursement rates, provider qualifications and billing, payment methodology, beneficiary eligibility for CHW services, non-fee for service models, and general support.

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Community Health Workers in Rhode Island: A Study of a Growing Public Health Workforce

State: RI
Year: 2018

Community Health Workers are gaining recognition as a valuable, newly emergent public health workforce. This article describes a qualitative study that generated a snapshot of Community Health Worker employment in Rhode Island, gathered collective wisdom and stakeholders’ perspectives about how to pay for a community health workforce, and highlighted promising opportunities to grow and sustain

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Addressing maternal and child health equity through a community health worker home visiting intervention to reduce low birth-weight: retrospective quasi-experimental study of the Arizona Health Start Programme

State: AZ
Year: 2021

Objective: To test if participation in the Health Start Programme, an Arizona statewide Community Health Worker (CHW) maternal and child health (MCH) home visiting programme, reduced rates of low birth weight (LBW), very LBW (VLBW), extremely LBW (ELBW) and preterm birth (PTB). Conclusion: A state health department-operated MCH home visiting intervention that employs CHWs as

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Community Health Worker Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence

State: NatDoc: National Document
Year: 2021

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an important public health concern with higher prevalence among women. Community health workers (CHWs) are trusted frontline public health workers that bridge gaps between communities and healthcare services. Despite their effectiveness in delivering services and improving outcomes for different chronic conditions, there is a dearth of understanding regarding CHW management

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Feasibility of a Web-Based Training System for Peer Community Health Advisors in Cancer Early Detection Among African Americans

State: NatDoc: National Document
Year: 2014

We describe the feasibility of a Web-based portal for training peer community health advisors (CHAs). We conducted a community-based implementation trial in African American churches between 2012 and 2014. The Web-based portal allows CHAs to log in and view 13 training videos, preparing them to deliver 3 cancer early detection workshops in their churches. Of

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Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota: An introduction to Community Health Workers and South Dakota Medicaid Reimbursement for CHWs in South Dako

State: SD
Year: 2021

Updated presentation on CHW reimbursement in SD. Includes a scope of work outline, reimbursement rates, training programs, and a CHW toolkit.

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