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Community Health Workers: Key Partners in Improving Children’s Health and Eliminating Inequities

By Shadi Houshyar, Ph.D., Maria Walawender,


Community Health Workers are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of, and deeply rooted in, the communities they serve. Increasingly, CHWs are recognized as playing a unique and invaluable role as part of health care teams, helping families enroll their children in coverage, increasing access to screening and preventive services, facilitating system navigation, and providing care coordination.

This brief highlights the value of integrating CHWs into maternal and child health care delivery to effectively address a range of health care concerns and conditions for children and families, offering examples of specific initiatives that are promising or have demonstrated impact in improving health care and health outcomes for children of color.