Research Report The Evolution, Expansion, and Effectiveness of Community Health Workers
Randall R. Bovbjerg, Lauren Eyster, Barbara A. Ormond, Theresa Anderson, Elizabeth Richardson
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In the past decade, the community health worker (CHW) profession in the United States has increased its visibility, but its potential contributions remain underappreciated and more permanent financing is elusive. This paper describes the current state of knowledge about how and where CHWs can contribute effectively, where barriers inhibit efficient deployment of CHWs, and what business models could support change. Observations come from literature reviews, key stakeholder interviews, case studies of CHW initiatives, and a convening of practitioners, employers, advocates, policymakers, and other experts.
Research Areas Education Health and health care Workforce
Tags Workforce development Health insurance Health care delivery and payment Health care systems and managed care plans Social determinants of health
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center