Community Health Workers: Improving the Health and Quality of Life for Delawareans – Forum Summary

Seq ID: 69
DocID: DE1
Authors: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
Year: 2014
State: DE

Publicly Available: No
Certification: CHW roles and scope of practice, Role of state government, Competencies, Continuing education, Training and training programs, Grandparenting language and processes
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams
Sustainable Financing: Including community-based CHWs, CMS and CDC engagement from a national level

Community health workers (CHWs) will play an integral role helping individuals overcome some of the social, economic and education obstacles that threaten adherence to their care plans. As “cultural translators” CHWs will serve as the bridge between individuals and the community, and between individuals and providers. Therefore, on March 31, 2014, 64 key stakeholders from health, social and community services organizations, health care and state government convened to explore the workforce implications for CHW. Interdisciplinary teams of practitioners and health policy experts discussed the scope of practice for CHWs and the core competencies and workforce preparation they would need.

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