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Resources by Topic: Community health workers

Immigrant Health Policy Paper
Policy position brief about new immigrants in rural areas, in terms of health care access, health disparities, economic contributions, health care facilities and Community Health Workers, and service strategies to benefit immigrants. Includes case studies of immigrants in Minnesota and immigrants employed in the meat-processing industry and in rural farming.
Author(s): Susan Kunz, April Fernandez, Matt Gilleskie, et al.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Case Studies From the 2017 Care Coordination Comparative Study
Provides an overview of four care coordination approaches being used in rural areas: care coach, clinical, community health worker, and school-based. Includes individual case studies of rural care coordination programs, with detailed information on target populations, technology used, partners, care team composition, and more.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Rural Health Innovations
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Rural Post-Acute Care: Healthcare Leaders Offer Practical Solutions to Workforce Challenges
Describes methods for preparing and supporting healthcare workers who provide post-acute care in rural areas. Highlights programs that empower and train staff, maximize community partnerships, involve community health workers, and use telemonitoring.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2017 Annual Report Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Advisory Committee
Reports on the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program in Texas, including the number of certified community health workers, instructors, certificate graduates and renewals. Identifies the number of certified community health workers by county as well as the location of CHW training programs in the state.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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HEROs in Rural Health: Q&A with Art Kaufman
An interview with Arthur Kaufman, MD, vice chancellor for community health at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center. Discusses his work creating UNM’s Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) program, based on the agricultural extension model. Also covers his role in promoting the use of community health workers and work with UNM’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment
Details the results of a study analyzing the occupations, roles, size, distribution, career pathways, demand, policy, and practice issues for the behavioral health workforce in the state of Washington. Includes recommendations to address workforce-related barriers, improve access to behavioral healthcare, and rural specific information.
Author(s): Nova E. Gattman, Rachelle L. McCarty, Agnes Balassa, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies, Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
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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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Supervision Manual for Promotor(a) de Salud Programs
Provides basic guidelines for personnel management to supervisors of Promotor(a) de Salud programs. Covered topics include recruiting and hiring, orientation and training, supervision, and challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: MHP Salud
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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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