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Resources by Topic: Community health workers

COVID and the Impact of Community Health Centers on Rural America
Webinar recording of a discussion with Members of Congress from Texas and Vermont about the responses of rural Community Health Centers to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covers the role of Community Health Centers in rural healthcare and adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide testing, telehealth, and vaccination.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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COVID-19 Stakeholder Experiences in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Results of surveys taken in the summer and fall of 2020 by 920 Kentucky school leaders, community health workers and their clients, community members, and healthcare providers, including those from Rural Health Clinics and Critical Access Hospitals. Includes statistics on satisfaction with telehealth, locations of COVID testing, barriers faced during stay-at-home orders, and impact of COVID on medical care.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research, University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
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CHWs At Work: Making a Difference for Oklahoma's Marshallese Community
Highlights an Oklahoma program that uses community health workers (CHWs) for outreach to the Marshallese community in a three-county area. Provides a brief history and overview of the Marshallese population and discusses the health concerns the CHWs address.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Maine Health Access Foundation: Reaching Out to Organizations to Provide Directed Grants
An interview with Barbara Leonard and Ruta Kadonoff of the Maine Health Access Foundation. Discusses how the foundation provided unrestricted COVID-19 grants and open competitive grants and partnered with other philanthropies pooling together COVID-19 response funds. Describes the foundation's support for EMS, telehealth, tribal communities, behavioral health, and other concerns important to rural Maine.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Addressing Health Disparities in the Rural United States: Advocacy as Caregiving among Community Health Workers and Promotores de Salud
Presents a study comparing the roles played by community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud in serving rural communities in Indiana and Texas. Discusses CHWs role in addressing rural health disparities and describes that role in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Ryan I. Logan, Heide Castañeda
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(24), 9223
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
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Strengthening the Entry-Level HealthCare Workforce: Finding a Path
Examines gaps in the existing healthcare workforce, challenges facing entry-level healthcare workers (EHCW), current EHCW training programs and contexts where training programs are used effectively, and strategies and policy opportunities to strengthen the EHCW. Includes rural references throughout and case studies for programs in rural Alaska and Washington. Provides an interactive inventory of existing policies and programs that support EHCW training, recruitment, and retention.
Additional links: Entry-Level Health Care Workforce: Information and Programs Visualization Tool
Author(s): Shira H. Fischer, Ryan K. McBain, Laura J. Faherty, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, RAND Corporation
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Notes from the Field: Development of an Enhanced Community-Focused COVID-19 Surveillance Program — Hopi Tribe, June‒July 2020
Describes a collaboration between the Hopi Tribe Department of Health and Human Services, Hopi Health Care Center, and CDC to provide house-to-house COVID-19 surveillance and education in a rural, low-resource setting using community health representatives and volunteers.
Author(s): Royce Jenkins, Rachel M. Burke, Joyce Hamilton, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(44), 1660-1661
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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State Offices of Rural Health Helping the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
Describes ways State Offices of Rural Health are addressing COVID-19, such as helping establish rural clinics for future vaccination sites, providing healthcare providers with training and equipment, and more. Includes examples from North Carolina, Kentucky, North Dakota, New Jersey, and Texas.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Innovative Health Care Provider Roles
Discusses healthcare provider types that might have the potential to benefit rural communities including community health workers, community paramedics, patient advocates, health coaches, and dental therapists.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Availability of Health Insurance Literacy Resources Fails to Meet Consumer Needs in Rural, Appalachian Communities: Implications for State Medicaid Waivers
Reports on the availability of health system and community‐based programs promoting health insurance literacy and supporting informed consumer healthcare decision making in rural Kentucky. Findings are based on focus groups and interviews conducted with healthcare providers, community health workers, patient navigators, and others primarily serving rural Appalachian counties in the state.
Author(s): Jean Edward, Robin Thompson, Andrea Jaramillo
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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