Integrating Community Health Workers into Primary Care to Support Behavioral Health Service Delivery: A Pilot Study

Seq ID: 475
DocID: TX39
Authors: Wennerstrom A, Hargrove L, Minor S, Kirkland A, Shelton S
Year: 2015
State: TX
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW roles and scope of practice
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams
Workforce Development: Outreach/education/ TA to employers on CHW generally, General

Abstract: Community health workers (CHWs) collaborating with health care teams improve health outcomes. The feasibility of employing CHWs to support behavioral health in primary care is unknown. We offered experienced CHWs a 48-hour behavioral health training and placed them at health centers. Supervisors received technical assistance to support integration. We interviewed team members to explore CHW interactions with patients and team members. There was evidence of CHW integration. Major CHW roles included care coordination, outreach, and screening. It may be feasible to integrate behavioral health–focused CHWs into primary care settings. Both CHWs and supervisors need ongoing training and support. Key words: behavioral health, community health workers, mental health, primary care

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