Community health workers (CHWs) most often work as part of a team. Whether a CHW is a participant in a new or an existing program, it is important to clarify the specific duties and activities of the CHW. Clarifying a CHW's role and expectations will help ensure successful implementation.
Basic program implementation tasks for CHW programs may include:
- Determining community to be served (needs assessment)
- Program coordination responsibilities
- Identifying appropriate CHW program models
- Recruitment and supervision of CHWs
- Staff retention
- Research and program evaluation
Resources to Learn More
Community Health Worker Toolkit
A compilation of evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of CHWs. Information available includes how state health departments can train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities and resources that CHWs can use in their communities.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Community Health Workers: Part of the
Traces how two states, Massachusetts and Minnesota, initiated comprehensive policies to foster utilization of CHWs and, in the case of Minnesota, to make their services reimbursable under Medicaid.
Author(s): Rosenthal, E.L., Brownstein, J.N., Rush, C.H., Hirsch, G.R., Willaert, A.M., Scott, J.R., Holderby, L.R., & Fox, D.J.
Citation: Health Affairs, 29(7), 1338-1342
(CHW) Toolkit: A Guide for Employers
Provides information and resources to support the implementation of CHW programs, with a focus on integrating CHWs into existing organizations and practices.
Organization(s): Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care