Possible Unifying Frameworks for CHWs in State Policy

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CHWs talking to people in a classroom environment.
Before we discuss policy and system change concerning CHW employment, it may be useful to look at some of the potentially unifying reasons for pursuing such changes.

CHWs can contribute to policy goals in a number of areas, such as:

  • Improving patterns of utilization of services (cost control)
  • Reducing health inequities
  • Improving health literacy and patient navigation
  • Chronic illness prevention and management
  • Community development
  • Preparedness: population resiliency and emergency communication