Strengthening the Effectiveness of State-Level Community Health Worker Initiatives Through Ambulatory Care Partnerships

Seq ID: 556
DocID: Natl9
Authors: Allen C, Brownstein J, Jayapaul-Philip B, Matos S, Mirambeau A
Year: 2015
State: NatDoc
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Abstract: The transformation of the US health care system and the recognition of the effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) have accelerated national, state, and local efforts to engage CHWs in the support of vulnerable populations. Much can be learned about how to successfully integrate CHWs into health care teams, how to maximize their impact on chronic disease self-management, and how to strengthen their role as emissaries between clinical services and community resources; we share examples of effective strategies. Ambulatory care staff members are key partners in statewide initiatives to build and sustain the CHW workforce and reduce health disparities. Key words: chronic disease, community-clinical linkages, community health worker, state health department

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