Community Health Workers in Illinois – A Value Driven Solution for Population Health

Seq ID: 123
DocID: IL3
Authors: Illinois CHW Advisory Board
Year: 2016
State: IL
Website link:
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: Competencies, CHW roles and scope of practice, Training and training programs, Process and development
Evidence Generation: General
Workforce Development: General, Outreach/education/ TA to employers on CHW generally

Illinois, like many other states, lacks some of the underlying policies, systems, and infrastructure to integrate CHWs effectively into the health care and social services systems. This report recommends that Illinois develop a strong supportive infrastructure to ensure the sustainability of this vital workforce and to strengthen the depth and breadth of its impact. Toward this end, the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board has developed recommendations for standards and policies around five key areas: (1) core competencies and roles; (2) training and certification; (3) financing and reimbursement; (4) workforce development; and (5) raising awareness.

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