NEW on Our Policy Page – Toolkit for Partnering With CHW Networks and Strategies for Developing an Equitable CHW Studies

NACHW has just debuted two new resources on our Policy page! Read about them below.

TOOLKIT: Recommendations and Resources for Public Health Departments Contracting with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Community Health Worker Networks

This toolkit was developed by NACHW as a resource to support Public Health Departments to equitably build relationships and contract with community-based organizations and Community Health Worker Networks.

Those interested are also invited to view the recorded NACHW presentation about this toolkit here. During this presentation, attendees were provided with a level set and resources on who Community Health Workers (CHWs) are, the importance and value of equitable funding CBOs to support CHW programs, and practical recommendations and resources for health departments looking to begin or strengthen their contracts and partnerships with community-based organizations.

This work is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce, through OE22-2203: Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

HOW-TO: Principles and Strategies to Develop an Equitable Community Health Worker Workforce Study

The Principles and Strategies to Develop an Equitable Community Health Worker Workforce Study is a guidance document developed by the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) with Community Health Worker (CHW) and Ally (non-CHW) experts.

Principles and strategies in this document draw on the approaches and lessons learned from internet research to collect key U.S. national and state level workforce studies and meta-analyses as well as discussions with CHW, CHR and ally researchers. It is designed for health departments, legislators, funders, health systems, CHW Networks and Associations, community-based organizations, advocates, and others involved in advancing the sustainability of the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession through workforce studies. This document uses the term “study” to refer to a variety of documents that use qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand the CHW workforce, including assessments, studies, reports, and surveys. While it does not cover every aspect of workforce studies, this document provides evidence-based approaches; and it is endorsed by CHWs and experts in the field of CHW workforce development, policy, and research; and is a critical FIRST STEP to develop a CHW workforce study.