Utilization of Community Health Workers in Emerging Care Coordination Models in California

Date published: February, 2017 (14 pages)

Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. This Blue Shield of California Foundation-supported research represents the culmination of the first phase of a two-part project aimed at enhancing California's readiness to integrate CHWs and promotores in the health care delivery system. This brief includes:

  • An overview of CHW/promotore definition and scope of work
  • The historical context for the emergence of these health professionals
  • A snapshot of evidence and impact
  • A discussion of state laws and policies that impact CHWs/promotores
  • Recommendations for future research, policies and training programs