Supporting the Integration of Community Health Workers into Care Teams

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Investigator: Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Sponsor: Blue Shield of California Foundation

Location(s): United States

Description

Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of high quality and equitable health related services, particularly to vulnerable populations. Using a Theory of Change framework, this report connects intervention and support opportunities across the spectrum of policy, care delivery and workforce development to drive collective action toward integrating this complex and critically important role into health care teams in California.

Integrating CHWs and promotores into more traditional clinical care models is proving to have direct impact on addressing social determinants of health, enhancing patient care, and improving access to health care and social services. Creating a sustainable community health workforce will require institutional and cultural change in health care systems as well as direct investment into community health and the existing models of care that have been actively working on-the-ground for decades to enhance the health and well-being of marginalized communities