245710 Sustainability of CHW Programs in the Health Care Delivery System

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dalton Skerritt, MHE, BS, AA , Men's Health Dept/Edward Harris Men's Health Clinic, Whittier Street Health Center, Roxbury, MA
This session will give great insight on how to sustain CHW Programs and positions in various healthcare settings even in Challenging economic times or budget constraints. We will discuss barriers that Employers faces on the individual employee level and the systems and policies level. In the end we will look at simple tools of evaluation and evidence base systems to track outcome that will link the CHW performance to sustainability.

The CHW position often lack documentation and tracking systems in the EMR electronic medical record system. In this aspect merit is not attained to secure the CHW's true value in the healthcare delivery system. The CHW value can be equated more accurately if monitored and documented properly for quality control, performance and billing purposes which eventually link to their salary or earning thus sustainability.

Proper documentations, articles and success stories can be effectively used to encourage Law makers even in various states to include the CHW at multi-levels in the healthcare system to ensure the best quality of care.

Finally, including proper evaluation tools and thorough self-assessment, needs to be done to make sure that the growth and development occurs during the career life span of a CHW. Discussion on how to evaluate our work as a CHW must be ongoing to guaranty learning. Publication of evidence base models centered on the benefits and outcomes of hiring a CHW in the Health care delivery system will help. CHW is the link to healthy communities to promote healthy minds & Bodies.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health administration or related administration
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss new techniques to sustain CHW role in Community Health Centers and Hospital Settings 2) Identify strategies for securing funding to cover CHW salaries through collaboration and Coalition efforts 3) demonstrate sound understanding of the importance of educationg legislators about the impact of relative budget cuts to fund CHW Programs and Training. 4) List Three methods of sustainability utilized by Health Centers, Medical groups, Hospitals and Health Alliances in Massachusetts that can be adapted in other states to provide sustainability of CHW Programs?

Keywords: Sustainability, Community Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a faculty member for the OWTI Central MA AHEC which is one of the main sites for CHW education in Massachusetts.
Any relevant financial relationships? 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.