Community Health Worker Integration in Health Care, Public Health, and Policy: A partnership model

Seq ID: 188
DocID: MA19
Authors: Wilkinson G, Mason T, Hirsch G, Calista J, Holt L, Toledo J, Zotter J
Year: 2016
State: MA
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: Process and development, Role of state government, CHW input in process, Lessons learned from other states
Policy: Building partnerships, Lessons learned from other states, Identifying policy expertise within state
Sustainable Financing: 1305/1422 and now 1815/1817 funding
Workforce Development: CDC input on state-level strategic planning, Recruiting and convening CHWs and stakeholders

Health care systems and public health agencies are focusing increased attention on the capacity of community health workers (CHWs) to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations and to support integration of clinical and community prevention services. This article describes 3 initiatives in Massachusetts in which the state public health department has collaborated with CHW leaders, health providers, and community-based partners to develop innovative policy and services, including state certification of CHWs, integrated chronic disease programs, and a state-funded pilot program to demonstrate return on investment for community-based prevention. Concluding lessons are relevant for implementation of health care reform nation-wide. Key words: certification, chronic disease, clinical community linkage, community-based services, community health workers, health care reform, health equity, prevention, public health, triple aim.

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