The Role of Community Health Workers in Health Systems: A Multisectoral Exploration

Year: 2017
State: CA
Website link:
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW role scope of practice, General other
Evidence Generation: Evidence-based interventions, Results from pilots studies etc. that aren't published in formal literature, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce
Policy: General language around CHW WD
Sustainable Financing: Engaging state partners in general, General other, Including community-based CHWs, Evidence-based interventions, ROI and bundled payment successes/challenges, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce
Workforce Development: CDC expand CHW work into SDOH, CDC input on state-level strategic planning, Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally

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..

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