Community Health Workers’ Role in DSMES and Prediabetes

Year: 2019
State: NatDoc: National Document
Website link:
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW role scope of practice, Competencies
Evidence Generation: White papers
Sustainable Financing: National-level guidance
Workforce Development: Chronic Disease, Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”), National endorsement/stance on CHWs, Promotores

In communities most affected by prediabetes and diabetes, CHWs can work collaboratively with diabetes educators to activate CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, extend the reach of diabetes prevention and DSMES care teams, and facilitate strategies that reduce health disparities in their own communities. When diabetes educators support CHWs in their role to deliver current, accurate, and evidence-based information, people with prediabetes and diabetes benefit with increased self-management skills, medication persistence, and adoption of healthy lifestyles. In turn, healthcare teams benefit from CHWs through collaboration and improved transitions, to minimize provider burnout, while enhancing the experience, improving population health, and reducing costs.

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