Documenting community health worker roles in primary care: Contributions to evidence-based integration into health care teams, 2015

J Ambul Care Manage

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provided community health workers (CHWs) with new opportunities, and current efforts develop evidence-based guidelines for CHW integration into clinical teams. This qualitative study documents CHW roles and activities in 3 federally qualified health care centers in southern Arizona. Community health worker clinical roles, activities, and integration varied by health center and were in flux. Integration included complementary roles, scheduled and everyday communications with team members, and documentation in the electronic health records. These findings contribute to evidence-based guidelines for CHW integration into clinical teams that are critical to maximizing CHW contributions to patient health improvements.

Reinschmidt KM, Ingram M, Morales S, et al. Documenting community health worker roles in primary care: contributions to evidence-based integration into health care teams, 2015. J Ambul Care Manage. 2017;40(4):305-315. PMID: 28350634. DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000178.

Publication Year: 
2017
Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Other Study Design
Social Determinant of Health: 
Not Specified
Screening Research: 
No