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Resources by Topic: Community health workers

Williamson Health and Wellness Center
Video highlighting a West Virginia community health worker program that helps patients with chronic illness connect with services and manage their health.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Development and Deployment of Community Health Workers in Delaware
A guide for establishing a Community Health Worker program in the state of Delaware. Includes information about certification requirements and reimbursement mechanisms, along with model programs from other states.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Delaware Center for Health Innovation, Delaware Health and Social Services
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Integrating Community Health Workers into Complex Care Teams: Key Considerations
Examines effective strategies for integrating community health workers (CHWs) into complex care teams. Discusses factors to consider, such as recruiting and hiring, training and career progression, team integration, support and retention, and more. Includes a brief description of characteristics that are particularly important for CHWs working in rural areas.
Author(s): Jim Lloyd, Caitlin Thomas-Henkel
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Home-Based Care for Chronic Kidney Disease
Provides an update to the story of the Zuni Indians of western New Mexico and the health conditions they commonly face: chronic kidney disease and diabetes. Describes the Home-Based Kidney Care model to train tribal members fluent in Zuni to become community health workers. The community health workers visit patients weekly, providing them with education on healthy lifestyles, medication support, and data collection. The original story, published in July 2014, is included at the end of the update.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Spotlight: Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network
Explores various aspects of the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network (AKHCAN) through an interview with Project Director Jan Chamness, and Project Manager Gina Brien. The AKHCAN is a grant-funded network that seeks to increase and improve healthcare access for all low-income, uninsured, and underinsured populations living in rural Kentucky through the use of community health workers (CHWs).
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Community Health Workers: Recommendations for Bridging Healthcare Gaps in Rural America
Policy brief reviewing research findings on community health worker (CHW) integration, and discussing how CHWs can help bridge healthcare gaps in rural communities. Also reviews various state policies related to CHWs, identifies a number of care settings where CHWs are working in rural areas, and makes policy recommendations to support the continued integration of CHWs into the rural healthcare delivery system.
Author(s): Kailyn Dorhauer Mock, Tracy Morton, Prisci Quijada, Julie St. John
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Improving Rural Health: Making an Impact in Five Years
Issue brief exploring state health agencies' efforts to address mortality from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke among rural Americans. Includes a list of rural health resources for state health agencies and emphasizes the importance of partnerships in improving public health. Describes case studies of programs that target rural and underserved populations in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Recruiting and Retaining Maine’s Health Care Workforce
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Project ECHO’s Complex Care Initiative: Building Capacity to Help "Superutilizers" in Underserved Communities
Case study of the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program, which uses telehealth to support primary care clinicians in underserved areas. Focuses on a project targeting Medicaid beneficiaries with substance abuse and mental health issues, with details on two primary care teams being supported, including one in a rural New Mexico community.
Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, Douglas McCarthy
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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