CHWs: Potential allies for the field of psychiatric rehabilitation?
Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2015 Sep;38(3):207-9. [Pubmed Abstract]
Community health workers: Potential allies for the field of psychiatric rehabilitation?
Cook JA, Mueser KT
The focus of community health workers on health disparities in vulnerable communities means that they address issues of poverty, while many recipients of psychiatric rehabilitation services live at or below the poverty line. Their focus on improving health in low-income populations of color is in line with some of our field’s biggest challenges at this point in history, including poverty, cultural competence, and health comorbidities. By allying with community health workers we have the opportunity to extend our reach into new neighborhoods as well as to better serve our current clientele. By reaching out to local community health worker programs, conducting cross-training, and exploring new funding opportunities presented by health care reform, we may be able to enrich the multidisciplinary, collaborative ethos that makes psychiatric rehabilitation so relevant and effective.