159322 Employer Application of Community Health Worker Research

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 5:20 PM

Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH , Medical Director, APS Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
Many evaluations of CHW services remain unpublished, especially in the for-profit sector, yet employers rely on internal measurement of cost-effectiveness and return on investment, as well as published research, to justify investment in CHW services. There is presently no mechanism for sharing or aggregation, especially of proprietary data, to help inform public policy, yet a growing number of for-profit firms and nonprofit organizations are turning to CHWs to make services more effective for vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations under Medicaid and other programs. APS is one of the largest healthcare companies in the public programs area, serving more than 30 percent of the nation's Medicaid population through nearly 40 programs in more than 15 states, and has a research partnership with the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine. APS also partners with the National Association of Community Health Centers for various volunteer programs in several states. This presentation will explore some opportunities to make the research-policy connection work more effectively for employers such as APS and public policymakers at the state and federal levels.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, audience members will be able to: 1. Describe current settings where for-profit firms employ CHWs or contract for CHW services in supporting public health programs. 2. Describe barriers to integration of research results for policy application in major programs such as Medicaid. 3. Choose strategies to support collaborative efforts between employers, researchers and policymakers to integrate research and policy regarding CHWs.

Keywords: Access to Health Care, Chronic Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
APS Healthcare Disease Management Employment (includes retainer)

Any company-sponsored training? Yes
Did the company pay your travel and lodging? Yes
Were you provide you with slides as part of the training sessions? Yes
Did you receive an honorarium or consulting fee for participating in the training? No
Any institutionally-contracted trials related to this submission? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.