3224.0 Community Health Workers: Key to Achieving the Triple Aim (Special Session)

Monday, October 29, 2012: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Two nationally prominent and visionary physicians discuss the unique and essential role community health workers play in the transforming health care system, and in helping to achieve the triple aims of improving quality of care, improving the health of populations and reducing costs. The evidence base is mounting to demonstrate the effectiveness of CHWs, and policy support is needed at the local, state, and national level to sustain and integrate this public health workforce into emerging models for ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) and PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Homes). CHWs have a vital contribution to make in engaging both publicly and privately ensured patients in care. Leadership from health systems, health plans and health departments is needed to create policies that expect and support CHWs as key members of health care teams.
Session Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1) Discuss the evidence-based business case for community health workers. 2) Identify at least one role CHWs play in achieving the triple aims of improving quality care, improving population health, and reducing costs of care. 3) Explain the need for better policies to support the inclusion of CHWs in health care and public health. 4) Identify at least one effective CHW model and the policies that support it.
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Community Health Workers: Key to Achieving the Triple Aim
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS and Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

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Organized by: Community Health Workers
Endorsed by: Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)