Community Health Workers in Rhode Island: Sustaining a growing public health workforce in the pandemic and beyond

Authors: Dunklee B.
Year: 2021
State: RI
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Publicly Available: Yes
Evidence Generation: General other, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce, White papers
Sustainable Financing: General other, Results from pilots studies etc. that aren't published in formal literature, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce, White papers
Workforce Development: CDC expand CHW work into SDOH, Chronic Disease, General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach campaigns to identify CHWs, Recruiting and convening CHWs stakeholders, Training- Content modes delivery

This is an updated study of Rhode Island’s Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce. The first qualitative study was released in January 2018, and this updated body of work was released in January 2021. Rather than attempting to revisit and update the original report, we wanted to build on it by exploring three sets of essential questions:

What has changed for the Rhode Island CHW field in the past few years? What lessons have we learned?

How is the pandemic affecting the CHW field in the state?What (if any) consensus is emerging about how to sustain the CHW workforce?

This report addresses these questions primarily through the perspective of employers and stakeholders in leadership positions, such as program directors and managers. Some interviewees were CHWs in these leadership positions, but the majority were not CHWs.

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