Make the Case for CHWs: 7 Return on Investment Studies

Making the case for community health workers is an uphill battle — but it is always worth the effort.

You’ve seen the data: a University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report is one of many that show how the CHW model can reduce admissions and lead to better health outcomes for hospitalized patients and outpatient settings.

Unfortunately, too many organizations still find it difficult to make the business case for hiring, using and training community health workers. They offer excuses about the expense, or they vastly underuse their existing CHWs.

Convincing decision-makers to deploy groups of frontline health workers may not be easy, but hopefully this round-up of return on investment studies will put you a small step forward. It’s a collection of some of the best ROI studies I’ve seen on why to hire and educate people working in the CHW role.

Enjoy!

More Soldiers in the Battle Against Tobacco

By Monique I. Cuvelier

The fight against smoking, chewing, and vaping just became a little fiercer.

From April 4-10, front-line health workers refined their health education skills via the online course Supporting Tobacco Cessation.

The course was sponsored by CHWTraining, a health care-focused division of Boston-based educational company Talance, Inc., and was produced in observance of National Public Health Week and offered at no charge. The weeklong, interactive course was facilitated by tobacco-cessation health educator Mary Etna Haac. She guided participants through practical tips and strategies they can use in their efforts to help more people quit or reduce using tobacco.

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Tobacco Cessation Barriers Flashcards

The line between using and quitting tobacco can be so narrow. Many barriers prevent people from conquering their addictions. They include anything from a high-stress environment and a simple lack of support.

Understanding and addressing tobacco cessation barriers is vital for any effective intervention, but with so many variables, it’s hard to keep track. We wanted to find a simple way to remind staff and volunteers about common barriers and the best ways to respond, so we created these Addressing Tobacco Cessation Barriers flashcards. We made these printable cards free for your team.

CHWTraining Tobacco Cessation Barriers flashcards

The cards include tips on how to address tobacco cessation barriers including:

How One CHW Feeds Her Love of Health Education

Tasha Whitaker, CHW

Some people might picture community health workers as busy little worker bees buzzing around with surveys, checklists, and clipboards. There’s an element of truth to that image: They’re indeed active as they educate clients and patients about health care issues and connect them with appropriate services and resources.

But CHWs aren’t just names on some roster – they have individual, unique backgrounds and experience that qualify them to perform this increasingly important role in the nation’s health care system.

Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference, May 12, Norwood, MA

Our friends at PatientNavigatorMass.org have just announced its annual conference is open for registration.

I’m excited about this, as I am every year, because it brings together all kinds of people who work in this area of public health. Every year it's gotten bigger, no wonder.

It’s also incredibly affordable: $25 for CHWs, students, and patient navigators and $40 for general admission. If your pockets aren't that deep, they give scholarships. It's worth attending even if you're not in Massachusetts.

Details

Preparing the Workforce: The 7th Annual Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker Conference

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike (Route 1), Norwood, MA

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