Roles and functions of community health workers in primary care

Ann Fam Med

Community health workers have potential to enhance primary care access and quality, but remain underutilized. To provide guidance on their integration, we characterized roles and functions of community health workers in primary care through a literature review and synthesis. Analysis of 30 studies identified 12 functions (ie, care coordination, health coaching, social support, health assessment, resource linking, case management, medication management, remote care, follow-up, administration, health education, and literacy support) and 3 prominent roles representing clusters of functions: clinical services, community resource connections, and health education and coaching. We discuss implications for community health worker training and clinical support in primary care.

Hartzler AL, Tuzzio L, Hsu C, Wagner EH. Roles and functions of community health workers in primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2018;16(3):240-245. PMID: 29760028. DOI: 10.1370/afm.2208.

Publication Year: 
2018
Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Review
Social Determinant of Health: 
Not Specified
Outcomes: 
Process
Screening Research: 
No