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New Report on Best Practice Guidelines for CHWs in Health Care Settings

The Sinai Urban Health Institute recently released this new report, Best Practices Guidelines for Implementing and Evaluating Community Health Worker Programs in Health Care Settings.  This report is the culmination of a two-year project funded by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Best Practice Guidelines are intended to be a blueprint for health care organizations interested in implementing the CHW model. These practice guidelines were developed to address gaps in the CHW professional literature and assist health care administrators, public health professionals, health care providers, CHWs, and communities in designing and implementing CHW interventions grounded in evidence-based science.

The report offers recommendations on implementing the CHW model in five subject areas: 1. CHW hiring; 2. CHW training; 3. CHW supervision; 4. CHW integration into the health care system; and 5. Evaluating CHW programs. To our knowledge this is the largest comprehensive review of the CHW literature, survey data, and practice-based CHW knowledge available.  It is our intention that this report fills gaps in the knowledge base and assist organizations in the implementation of the CHW model, ultimately improving the health of communities right here in Chicago and even nationally.

We are excited to share this document with you in the form of a PDF available on our website

  Direct link to report

Printed copies are available upon request.

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