Why the Current Interest in CHWs?

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Photo collage of a waiting room at a hospital and a dollar sign.

The current interest in CHWs can be attributed to:

  • Growing diversity of U.S. population
  • Growing prevalence of chronic diseases
  • Growing complexity of health care
  • Recognition of social/behavioral determinants of health
  • Commitment to reducing health inequities
  • Cost pressures on system
  • Shortages of clinical personnel limiting time with patients