Community Health Workers in Rhode Island: A Study of a Growing Public Health Workforce

Authors: Dunklee, B. and Garneau, D.
Year: 2018
State: RI
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW role scope of practice, Competencies
Evidence Generation: White papers
Sustainable Financing: General other, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce
Workforce Development: General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally, Recruiting and convening CHWs stakeholders

Community Health Workers are gaining recognition as a valuable, newly emergent public health workforce. This article describes a qualitative study that generated a snapshot of Community Health Worker employment in Rhode Island, gathered collective wisdom and stakeholders’ perspectives about how to pay for a community health workforce, and highlighted promising opportunities to grow and sustain the field. This article summarizes the study’s findings, and discusses its implications.

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