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- Guide to CHW Field
There is a growing body of research about the positive impacts CHWs have in reducing health disparities, expanding access to coverage and care, improving quality, increasing health care cultural competence, and controlling costs.
Many employers are particularly interested in the financial benefits of CHW strategies related to overuse, underuse and misuse of health services. Successful examples include reduction in preventable hospital readmissions as well as avoidable emergency room visits. In addition, increasing the appropriate use of primary care and preventive services can lead to early detection and timely treatment of potentially costly health conditions. And as care systems and local public health agencies shift to team-based models, the introduction of CHWs can improve health care cultural competence, increase patient satisfaction and demonstrate a sustainable staffing model where everyone is working at the top of her/his license.
See the following articles on CHW cost-effectiveness and ROI and check out our bibliography and research matrix to learn more.
Community Health Worker Cost Effectiveness Studies
“The major goal of CHWs is to influence behaviors of diverse and underserved populations toward health outcomes through prevention and navigation of the health system. CHWs generate significant positive impacts in communities where they work…. Many of these changed behaviors have economic consequences for patients, families, caregivers and taxpayers. These economic impacts accrue in terms of savings in health care costs due to more efficient use of the health system, or increased labor productivity of healthier patients.” – Wilder Research Center, 2012
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