Community Health Worker Professional Advocacy Voices of Action from the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey

Seq ID: 592
DocID: Natl44
Authors: Sabo S, Wennerstrom A, Phillips D, Haywood C, Redondo F, Bell ML, Ingram M
Year: 2015
State: NatDoc
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW roles and scope of practice
Evidence Generation: Results from pilots or studies not published in formal literature
Workforce Development: General

Abstract: This mixed-methods study explores community health worker (CHW) engagement in professional advocacy. Data from the National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey (n =1661) assessed the relationship between CHW professional advocacy and CHW demographics, and work characteristics. Qualitative data articulated the quality of professional advocacy efforts. Approximately, 30% of CHW respondents advocated for professional advancement or collaborated with other CHWs to advance the workforce. Advocacy was more prevalent among CHWs affiliated with a professional network. CHW advocacy targeted recognition of the field, appropriate training and compensation, and sustainable funding. CHW professional advocacy is imperative to advancement of the field. Keywords: advocacy, community health workers, policy, professional development, workforce develop.

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