The Louisiana Community Health Worker Workforce Study Committee Report

Authors: Sugarman M, Ezouah P, and Wennerstrom A
Year: 2020
State: LA
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Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: Administration - certification boards state health departments etc., CHW input in process, CHW role scope of practice, Funding of certification, General other, Lessons learned from other states, Process and development, State input in process
Sustainable Financing: Engaging state partners in general, Expand evidence base, General other, ROI and bundled payment successes/challenges
Workforce Development: CDC input on state-level strategic planning, CHW training programs (not cert.), General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally, Recruiting and convening CHWs stakeholders, Training- Content modes delivery

The Committee examined major CHW policy issues, including options for training CHWs and financing their positions. In addition to reviewing best practices and examining peer-reviewed literature, the Committee collected data about Louisiana CHW and employer perspectives on workforce development issues through a survey and in-depth interviews. Sixty-five CHWs and 37 employers participated in the survey. Additionally, 21 CHWs and 15 employers completed an interview. Recommendations based on this work are included in this report.

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