Hiring Practices that Support State Integration of Community Health Workers

Authors: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Year: 2022
State: NatDoc: National Document
Website link: https://nachw.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/hiring-practices-support-state-integration-of-chw.pdf
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW role scope of practice, Competencies, Role of state government
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams
Sustainable Financing: Engaging state partners in general, Marketing/awareness campaigns including national, Education to HC orgs on payment options bundled etc., Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams
Workforce Development: CHW training programs (not cert.), General other (including mention of “employment practices”), National endorsement/stance on CHWs, Outreach campaigns to identify CHWs, Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally, Recruiting and convening CHWs stakeholders

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have an unusually close understanding of the areas they serve. This trusting relationship enables CHWs to serve as a liaison or community link between health care and social services and the community to increase access to services, improve the quality and cultural competency of the delivered services, and increase health outcomes within the community served.

This rootedness to the community and commitment towards advocacy and equity is precisely why the CHW profession can play an integral role within state and territorial health agencies (S/THAs) and the community-based organizations with which S/THAs contract. As S/THAs look for ways to integrate CHWs into their programs and services, states must work in partnership with CHWs and their organizations to determine the best course of action.

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