Dental Health Aides: Adapting a Community Health Worker Program to Preventive Dental Care


Joanne Spetz, Nadereh Pourat, Kimberly Moler, Elizabeth Mallott, Tom Bornstein, Dane Lenaker, and Dana Hughes

February 18, 2021

Community health workers (CHWs) are an increasingly important member of the healthcare and public health professions who help build primary care capacity. Yet, in spite of the exponential growth of CHW interventions, CHW training programs, and CHW certification and credentialing by state agencies, a gap persists in the literature regarding current CHW roles and skills, scope of practice, CHW job settings, and national standards. This book addresses this gap by providing information, in a single volume, about CHWs, the roles CHWs play as change agents in their communities, integration of CHWs into healthcare teams, and support and recognition of the CHW profession.