The Changing Roles of CHWs

Study Overview Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been gaining attention from policymakers because of their unique role in addressing health disparities and socioeconomic drivers of disease, and because of their potential integration into the health care delivery system. To date, there has been limited research specifically describing the variation in CHWs’ roles and relationships, and how that variation relates to management, to financing, to health system integration, and to the competencies CHWs should have in different contexts. This report provides a snapshot of the varied landscape of CHW programs to better understand how CHWs are integrating with the health system both in terms of the structural elements of these programs, and the relational elements of CHW-health system interaction that make integrated models succeed. Authors suggest that there is no blueprint for success; rather, there are certain unifying structural elements of various integration types, and certain useful mechanisms that enable the preservation of the CHW concept. Published Article: Malcarney M, Pittman P, Quigley L, Horton K, Seiler N. 2017. The Changing Roles of Community Health Workers . Health Services Research, 52(S1): 360-382. You May Also Be Interested In: • Evolving Workforce Roles in Medicare Next Generation ACOs

For questions regarding this study, please contact: Patricia Pittman, PhD The George Washington University

Director, GW Health Workforce Policy Research Center Director, GW Health Equity Workforce Research Center Co-director, GW Health Workforce Institute Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management Milken Institute School of Public Health Phone: (202) 994-4295 E-mail:

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