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Voices of Action from the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey

J Ambul Care Manage. 2015 Jul-Sep;38(3):225-35. [Pubmed Abstract]

Community Health Worker Professional Advocacy: Voices of Action from the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey
Sabo S, Wennerstrom A, Phillips D, Haywoord C, Redondo F, Bell ML, Ingram M

This mixed-methods study explores community health worker (CHW) engagement in professional advocacy. Data from the National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey (n = 1661) assessed the relationship between CHW professional advocacy and CHW demographics, and work characteristics. Qualitative data articulated the quality of professional advocacy efforts. Approximately, 30% of CHW respondents advocated for professional advancement or collaborated with other CHWs to advance the workforce. Advocacy was more prevalent among CHWs affiliated with a professional network. CHW advocacy targeted recognition of the field, appropriate training and compensation, and sustainable funding. CHW professional advocacy is imperative to advancement of the field.

 

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