CHW strategies are endorsed as a best practice for addressing health disparities by many leading health authorities:
In its publication of the 2010 Standard Occupation Classification revisions for the Department of Labor, the Executive Office of the President included a unique occupational classification for Community Health Workers (#21-1094) which was used in the 2010 census. Click here for more information.
Minnesota Health Equity Working Committee, January 2013
Health Care Policy Reform: Expand and Sustain the CHW Workforce
In view of our state’s demographic trends and persistent patterns of preventable health inequalities, the full integration of CHWs into our health care and public health systems is essential to achieving key state health reform goals such as those identified in the Roadmap for a Healthier Minnesota and the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative. Sustainable funding approaches are needed to maintain and grow a trained CHW workforce.
Shirlynn LaChapelle, R.N., S.N.P., President
Minnesota Black Nurses Association
The true and best use of the valuable but scarce human capital available for community/public health is to build upon a collaborative model. This model would utilize a team approach based on home visits with the registered nurse and the community health worker working together to determine the needs of the family vs just a family member, since what happens within the home/family affects the patient. The nurse & CHW would visit the home/family, do a needs assessment to determine issues to be addressed and case management as needed. They would work out a plan together along with the family to meet their needs and address the gaps. The CHW would then work with the family to move towards health within a holistic context through the relationship and trust they have developed working together. Should there be a need for re-evaluation and plan modification, the nurse and CHW would again work with the family on a new plan of action. I whole heartily support the CHW as an important part of the community health team.
Paul Farmer, MD
Ten Questions: Global-health activist
Time Magazine, May 13, 2013
Q: What is the best idea you’ve ever had?
A: My success as doctor has been dependent on people who can make sure patients and their families receive the services that we prescribe. The best delivery idea we’ve had, looking at chronic disease, has been community health workers, who can accompany patients over time.