Examination of Community Health Workers in Rural Pennsylvania

Seq ID: 420
DocID: PA22
Authors: Ardary D, DellAntonio J, Du Gan J, Granich S, Reitz L, Talbot A,
Year: 2017
State: PA
Website link: https://www.rural.palegislature.us/documents/reports/Community-Health-Workers-2017.pdf
Publicly Available: Yes
Billing and Reimbursement:
Certification: CHW roles and scope of practice, Competencies, CHW input in process
Evidence Generation:
Policy:
Sustainable Financing: How to engage and work with Medicaid
Workforce Development: Training- Continuing education

Community health workers (CHWs) play a vital role in the health care delivery system of rural Pennsylvania counties. With current shortages of health care professionals in rural Pennsylvania, CHWs may potentially play a significant role in the delivery of health services. Currently, however, the role of CHWs is not well defined. This may be due to the lack of standard certification and training for CHWs. Efforts toward certification and training programs are evident throughout Pennsylvania, yet they lack consistency. This research, conducted in 2016 and 2017, was designed to gain an understanding of CHWs in rural Pennsylvania.





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