Indian Health Service Policy Statement on Creating a National Indian Health Service Community Health Aide Program

Authors: Indian Health Service
Year: 2016
State: NatDoc: National Document
Website link:
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: Administration - certification boards state health departments etc., CHW role scope of practice, General other, Legislative language bills etc., Lessons learned from other states, National guidance, Process and development
Policy: General other, Lessons learned from other states
Workforce Development: Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”), National endorsement/stance on CHWs, Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally

Recognizing the success of community health aides, Congress authorized the creation of a national federal Community Health Aide Program (CHAP). The IHS is currently exploring necessary steps to create a national CHAP, including the creation of a national certification board. This statement assesses the current role and value of community health aides and iterates the goals the IHS has for expansion outside of Alaska.

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