NACHW CHW National Policy Platform
It is with great excitement that we share with you all the NACHW National Policy Platform. This document is an important tool to promote national professional identity, leadership and capacity of CHWs and our Associations.
This document was created over the past year of town hall calls with over 30 CHW Associations, 3 national CHW polls, numerous partner meetings, member input on the Biden administration’s national plan to Build Back Better and in consultation with many of you. It centers many of the policies and best practices that are already nationally endorsed within our field and can be applied to COVID-19 response efforts as well as long term policy development.
CHW Policy Reports
NEW! Statewide Training Approaches for Community Health Workers
Author: Theresa H. Mason, Carl H. Rush, Meredith K. Sugarman
Contributors: Emauri Watson, CHW
This report provides examples of the use of the NACHW CHW Document Resource Center by investigating the topic of setting standards for statewide core training for community health workers.
Assessing the Community Health Worker (CHW) Workforce at the State and Local Level
Author: Meredith Sugarman
Contributors: Carl Rush, Theresa Mason, Bernadine Mavhungu
This report provides an example of the use of the NACHW CHW Document Resource Center by describing current efforts and potential support available to state and local health departments, CHW professional organizations, and other stakeholders to measure and assess the CHW workforce.
From Crisis to Opportunity: Resources and Guidance that CHWs Want from Employers During the Pandemic
Authors: Denise Octavia Smith, Neena Schultz
This report summarizes the results of a survey that collected CHW responses over three weeks in June 2020 to understand the needs of CHWs and how employers can best support CHWs to protect themselves, provide services safely and adapt services to the changing environment.
Sustainable Financing of Community Health Workers Employment
Author: Carl Rush
Contributors: Denise Octavia Smith, Caitlin Allen, Bernadine Mavhungu
This report summarizes approaches to financing programs engaging and supporting CHWs, which have been proposed by multiple organizations and research studies from 2001 to the present.
This is the nation’s largest searchable collection of documents on policies around CHWs (mainly on the state level).
Who should use it? Documents found in this resource center are most useful for: state government officials; CHW leaders; current and potential employers and payers for CHWs; other individuals and stakeholder organizations involved in advancing and/or considering policies on CHWs. This resource center is not a resource for individual CHWs looking for tools to inform or improve their practice.
Who should use it? A new report released from NACHW on Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers is now available.
CHW Standard Occupational Classification
NACHW proudly recognizes the organizing and advocacy work that CHWs nationwide undertook to help secure our unique Standard Occupational Classification (#21-1094) under the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics. We encourage CHWs and allies to support accurate tracking of the CHW workforce by ensuring that CHWs are appropriately classified as such — particularly in the 2020 Census. We also encourage CHWs and allies to participate in ongoing opportunities to engage with the DOL regarding the workforce definition and tracking. The Department of Labor’s CHW page can be found here.
NACHW recognizes and affirms the purpose of the Community Health Worker Core Consensus (C3) Project — to gather information from CHWs in many different roles and settings across the U.S. about the wide range of activities they conduct and the skills and personal qualities they apply to those activities. C3 included significant CHW leadership and engaged diverse CHWs, CHW networks, and CHW allies across the country. NACHW believes the information presented by C3 can serve as a basis for ongoing dialogue with CHWs and CHW allies to advance a better understanding of the full potential of diverse CHWs to improve health and strengthen communities.
The purpose of the CHW Common Indicators (CI) Project is to contribute to the integrity, sustainability and viability of CHW programs through the collaborative development and adoption of a set of common process and outcome constructs and indicators for CHW practice. The CI Project uses popular (people’s) education to promote participation, balance power and center CHW leadership. Over the past 5 years, the project has built a national constituency of over 150 CHWs, CHW program staff, and CHW researchers and evaluators committed to project objectives. Through a series of stakeholder engagement activities, project partners have identified a list of 24 constructs and developed indicators for 10 of the constructs. Currently, project partners are beginning to pilot the indicators, while continuing to strengthen their CHW-led and community-based project methodology, and building the infrastructure to allow them to aggregate, analyze and report data from across regions.
NACHW does not endorse any specific CHW training program or curriculum. We encourage CHWs and other stakeholders seeking training to look for CHW training and educational based on nationally recognized competencies, that include CHWs in development of their curricula, including CHWs as faculty and that use adult educational techniques to draw on trainees’ existing knowledge and life experiences.
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