Families USA’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Sustainability Collaborative is committed to working closely with state and national partners and connecting advocates with the best resources available to support advocacy for better integration of CHWs into health care systems and sustainable funding for their critical work.

 

This map, from the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP), shows CHW state activity on financing, education, certification, legislation, and CHW organizations and their specific roles in each state.

 

I-PaCS: Integrated Primary Care and Community Support Toolkit

I-PaCS integrates community health workers in a population health model that has been shown to improve health outcomes for people with complex social and medical needs. It has also reduced people’s health care costs in New Mexico in a majority-minority community. This toolkit includes a full report on the model and guidance on how to implement it in your own community.

 

Key Workforce Priorities for the Community Transformation Model

This report from Visión y Compromiso focuses on the workforce priorities needed for the community transformation model. It also reflects on the major systemic challenges and opportunities facing promotores and CHWs who work under this model. The report includes recommendations to advance this model at the state and national levels and ensure its long-term sustainability.

 

Sustainable Financing Models for CHW Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice

The Connecticut Health Foundation partnered with University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers to estimate the potential impact of implementing four different CHW models in specific Connecticut communities. In all four examples, improved health outcomes, direct health care savings, and positive return on investment were projected, and in three cases positive social return was also calculated. This report provides a powerful example of how advocates can build the case for the value of the wider adoption of CHW programs.

Families USA is grateful to The Kresge Foundation for its support of the Community Health Worker Sustainability Collaborative.