Training and Supporting Community Health Workers and Promotores: Lessons for California and Other States




Year: 2020
State: CA
Website link: https://www.chcs.org/media/Training-and-Supporting-CHW-Report_082120.pdf
Publicly Available: Yes
Billing and Reimbursement:
Certification: CHW input in process, CHW role scope of practice, Competencies, Funding of certification, General other, Lessons learned from other states, Process and development, Role of state government, State input in process, Training and training programs
Evidence Generation:
Policy: Building partnerships, General language around CHW WD, General other, Lessons learned from other states
Sustainable Financing: General other, Including community-based CHWs, Surveys and assessment tools to define and develop workforce
Workforce Development: CDC expand CHW work into SDOH, CDC input on state-level strategic planning, CHW training programs (not cert.), Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”), Outreach campaigns to identify CHWs, Outreach education and TA to employers on CHW generally, Promotores, Training- Content modes delivery

States increasingly recognize the value of community health workers/promotores (CHW/Ps) for reaching underserved populations and the need to support this workforce with professional development opportunities. There is, however, currently no single, nationally recognized standard for CHW/P training, and many organizations and states have developed different approaches. Whether training is undertaken by the state, an educational institution, or a private entity, it is important to identify organizations and trainers that specialize in training CHW/Ps. Further, states can also facilitate certification of CHW/Ps. This document contains considerations for enhancing professional recognition of CHW/Ps through training and/or certification, drawn from approaches undertaken by states across the country.



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