Community Health Worker Impact Estimator Tool: Childhood Asthma
For generations, community leaders have seen how valuable community health workers (CHWs), promotores, community health representatives, and the many other variations of community-based peer support workers can be. As health equity advocates, we know that CHWs truly understand the communities they serve and have their trust, so they can effectively provide culturally centered and language accessible services and supports tailored to their needs. By helping to minimize the impact of socially shaped barriers to good health and health care, they help people improve their health and reduce health inequities, especially among communities of color, complex patients, and other groups being left behind by a health care system that was never designed to serve them. And the evidence backs this up. This is why we’ve raised achieving the sustainable funding of CHW services as a top health equity and system transformation priority.
Nevertheless, decision makers often ask CHW advocates to make the business case for paying for CHW services and integrating them into care teams. To support these efforts, we worked with Katharine London and her team at the Center for Health Law and Economics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to develop a unique, interactive CHW Impact Estimator Tool. This tool, projects the impact of a specific CHW childhood asthma model (Medicaid Healthy Homes) in a particular state based on specific factors. This customizable tool will provide estimates on a wide range of budget, quality, and impact measures, including return on investment and social impact. Users can rely on pre-populated state-specific data compiled from a variety of public and private sources, or input their own information.
We are very excited to share this with you, and welcome your feedback. We hope to provide impact estimator tools for more CHW models in the future, so stay tuned!
This tool is based on a model originally developed on behalf of the Hispanic Health Council's CHIRP II Project, with support from the Connecticut Health Foundation.