Community Health Workers in the Wake of Health Care Reform: Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers

As states and the nation transform their health systems, many policymakers are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, mitigating the impacts of the social determinants of health, reducing health disparities, and containing costs. In light of the many emerging CHW models nationwide, state and federal policymakers need information and evidence to guide their decisions on CHW engagement, recruitment and retention, training, credentialing, and financing.

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