Publications

Utilization of Community Health Workers in Emerging Care Coordination Models in California

Author(s): 

Susan Chapman, Onyi Okwandu, Jennifer Schindel and Jacqueline Miller

Date: 
Jan. 24, 2017

Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. This research, supported by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, represents the culmination of the first phase of a two-part project aimed at enhancing California's readiness to integrate CHWs and promotores in the health care delivery system. This brief includes:

  • An overview of CHW/promotor definition and scope of work
  • The historical context for the emergence of these health professionals
  • A snapshot of evidence and impact
  • A discussion of state laws and policies that impact CHWs/promotores
  • Recommendations for future research, policies and training programs