Community health workers as an extension of care coordination in primary care: A community-based cosupervisory model

J Ambul Care Manage

Community health workers (CHWs) bring their unique capacity as liaisons for patients, communities, and health care systems to health care teams. We describe the collaborative development of a community-based CHW program to address the social determinants of health that affect patients. This cosupervisory, generalist CHW model provides an innovative template for cocreation of patient-centered infrastructure and resourcing within an evolving and replicable holistic care continuum across patient ages, diagnoses, health care payers, and communities to promote health equity. The program has been effective in decreasing health care utilization and cost.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.

Gunderson JM, Wieland ML, Quirindongo-Cedeno O, et al. Community health workers as an extension of care coordination in primary care: A community-based cosupervisory model. J Ambul Care Manage. 2018;41(4):333-340. PMID: 30015685. DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000255.

Publication Year: 
2018
Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Other Study Design
Social Determinant of Health: 
Food/Hunger
Housing Stability
Not Specified
Transportation
Population: 
Children and Youth
Complex Patients
Medicaid-insured
Outcomes: 
Utilization
Cost
Screening Research: 
No