Community Health Workers as Organizational Representatives in Clinical Settings Roundtable

Authors: Sherman, M., Covert H., and Lichtveld, M.
Year: 2018
State: NatDoc: National Document
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW role scope of practice, Competencies
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams, Results from pilots studies etc. that aren't published in formal literature
Sustainable Financing: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams
Workforce Development: Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”)

Community health workers (CHWs) are recognized for their ability to serve as a bridge between communities and the health care system. Given CHWs’ deep community connections, their bridging function is mainly seen as a conduit for community members to access health care and there is limited discussion of CHWs as members of a health care organization. This roundtable presentation seeks to unpack the bridging function of CHWs from a community health center’s perspective. Semi-structured interviews (n=21) were carried out in community health centers (predominantly federally qualified health centers) across four Gulf states with CHWs and CHW supervisors.

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