Assessing capacity of community health workers: Current roles, best practices, and the way forward
Objectives: To understand the definition and scope of practice for CHWs in CT and identify models of utilization from other states that can be applied to the CHW workforce in CT in order to enhance their capacity to improve the health of vulnerable communities.
Methods: We will conduct key informant interviews with CHWs in CT. Questions about activities, reimbursement, and met and unmet training needs will be used to understand the scope of practice of CHWs in CT's larger health care system. Quantitative analyses of existing data will be performed to describe CHW characteristics. We will review published manuscripts and policy briefs from other states and interview representatives from CHW associations in NY, RI, and MA to understand the successful organization and maintenance of established CHW networks.
Results: Characteristics, roles, and scope of practice of CHWs in CT will be described quantitatively and qualitatively. Reports and experiences of established CHW associations will be used to identify best practices. This information will enable policy makers to better support and utilize CHWs in health care, social services, and public health.
Learning Areas:Other professions or practice related to public health
Describe the community health worker (CHW) workforce in CT. Compare CHW utilization in CT and states with established CHW associations.
Keyword(s): Health Care Workers
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a student researcher on various research projects focused on barriers in attaining access to health. My focus has been on issues in farmworkers and underrepresented communities. Among my research interests are health policy, social movements/structures and improving access to care for vulnerable communities at the institutional level.
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.