Background Information: Washington State CHW Workforce Development Project

Authors: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Year: 2018
State: WA
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: Administration - certification boards state health departments etc., CHW input in process, CHW role scope of practice, Competencies, Funding of certification, Legislative language bills etc., Lessons learned from other states, Process and development, Role of state government, State input in process
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams, Evidence-based interventions
Policy: Building partnerships, General language around CHW WD, Identifying policy expertise within state, Legislative language, Lessons learned from other states
Sustainable Financing: Engaging state partners in general, Expand evidence base, How to engage and work with Medicaid, Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams, Evidence-based interventions
Workforce Development: CDC input on state-level strategic planning, CHW training programs (not cert.), Contacts for people in other states, Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach campaigns to identify CHWs, Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally, Training- Content modes delivery, Training- Continuing education

This document is intended to support the Washington State Department of Health’s efforts around community health worker (CHW) workforce development. The table summarizes 18 states’ CHW training standards and alignment with the core competencies set forth in the 2016 CHW Core Consensus (C3) Project recommendations. The resources and points of contact in the table were sourced through state health agency websites, information collected on the ASTHO and National Academy for State Health Policy webpages, and ASTHO’s subject matter expert team contacts. Additional cross-state resources are listed at the conclusion of this document.

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