In this report, Community Health Councils (CHC) seeks to inform the current and ongoing dialogue about the impact CHWs have had, and will continue to have on the healthcare system, particularly among vulnerable communities who experience disproportionate health disparities, such as South Los Angeles. As such this report: provides an overview of the role Community Health Workers (CHW) play in the healthcare system; highlights evidence-based research and expert opinions on how the functions of CHWs are an added value to the healthcare system; explores the limitations and barriers in the healthcare system to fully integrate, support and sustain CHWs in a coordinated care model; and identifies a set of recommendations to sustain and uplift the CHW workforce..