“Nothing About Us Without Us”: Best Practices Learned Through Supporting Community Health Workers in Hawai’i Nei and and Beyond

Authors: Napualani Spock MA, MBA and Ashley Wennerstrom PhD, MPH
Year: 2019
State: HI
Website link: https://nachw.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Spock-2019-self-determ-HI.pdf
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW input in process, CHW role scope of practice, Competencies, Lessons learned from other states, Process and development, Training and training programs
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce
Policy: Building partnerships, General language around CHW WD, Identifying policy expertise within state
Sustainable Financing: Engaging state partners in general, Including community-based CHWs, Marketing/awareness campaigns including national
Workforce Development: CHW training programs (not cert.), General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach campaigns to identify CHWs

The purpose of this editorial is to illustrate important lessons that we have learned while working as community health workers (CHWs), or with CHWs, over the past 20 years nationally and in Hawai‘i. We describe our personal and professional encounters with the CHW movement over time, and share the values of the CHW movement and why these are important. We hope this editorial can provide useful, real-world histories from our lived experience to accompany the academic articles in this special issue and can help frame the discussion of CHW engagement and empowerment going forward.

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