April 20, 2017

Unleashing the Power of Community Health Workers: The CHW Sustainability Collaborative

Through our new Community Health Worker Sustainability Collaborative, launched with the support of the Kresge Foundation, we will work with CHW organizations, health care and health equity advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders to promote using Medicaid funds to provide more sustainable support to CHW programs and better integrate them into the health care system. 

We know that unleashing the power of CHWs in communities across the country will make a tremendous difference in health and health care, especially in communities of color.

January 13, 2016

CMS's Accountable Health Communities to Focus on Unmet Social Needs

In early January, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced its first program focused on addressing a patient’s social needs. This 5-year, $157 million pilot program, called Accountable Health Communities, will try to bridge the gap between clinical and social services, testing whether addressing these needs can improve health, lower costs, and improve quality for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

May 5, 2015

Tackling Health Disparities While Reforming Payment and Delivery

Akshaya Kannan

Health Equity Intern

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

The activity around payment and system reform creates an opportunity to develop interventions that directly address racial and ethnic health disparities. However, some reforms could inadvertently make disparities worse. For example, they could discourage providers from treating sicker, more complex patients, or undermine the financial viability of struggling safety net providers.

Fortunately, some communities are implementing delivery system reforms that reduce health disparities and bend the cost curve. The effective models we describe in this blog series share several features in common.

April 2018

Using Medicaid Managed Care Contracts to Support Community Health Workers (CHWs)

As trusted members of their communities, community health workers (CHWs) have a proven track record of increasing access to preventive services, improving health outcomes, and even reducing costs. And by addressing the social determinants of health, CHWs can play a key role
in reducing health disparities. Despite their effectiveness, CHWs often lack sustainable sources of funding, preventing their more widespread integration into the health care system. For CHWs and advocates who want to establish more sustainable funding, Medicaid managed care offers one pathway.

Issue Brief
November 2017

Blueprint for Health Care Advocacy: How Community Health Workers Are Driving Health Equity and Value in New Mexico

Across the health care system, there is tremendous interest and momentum in reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve health care quality and outcomes and at the same time, reduce costs. These reform efforts create an enormous opportunity to improve resources, infrastructure, and incentives for interventions to meaningfully reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Yet, if these reforms are not designed and implemented carefully, they could actually end up making these disparities worse. 

September 12, 2017

Threatening Immigrant Youth Undermines Our Nation’s Health

Maria Walawender

Health Equity Intern

As health equity advocates we share a fundamental vision of a nation where every single human being has an equitable chance to enjoy the best health possible, no matter who they are—including where they were born. For us, it is not about being on the left or right of the political spectrum. Equal access to good health is an intrinsically human value.

August 22, 2017

New Connecticut Law Advances Recognition of Community Health Workers

Tekisha Dwan Everette, PhD

Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions

Maria Walawender

Health Equity Intern

Connecticut just took an important step toward improving health outcomes for its most vulnerable residents. Earlier this summer, the governor signed a law that lays the foundation for the broader use and support of community health workers (CHWs).

Community health workers play a valuable role in helping people achieve better health. Because they are trusted community members, they are uniquely effective at connecting underserved communities to the health care system and helping people navigate social factors that pose barriers to good health. In doing so, CHWs help to improve health outcomes and narrow health disparities.

July 28, 2016

Community Health Workers and More: July Health Equity Update

For those of us engaged in the daily work of bending the arc of history toward justice, the last few weeks have pierced us to our core.  

As health equity advocates, the very heart of our vocation is a shared belief that every single human being has the right to live a healthy life—a right that must be supported with resources and concrete action.  


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