Policy and Systems Strategies for Improving the Prevention and Management
Chronic Disease among Disparate Populations
Welcome to Community Health Workers. This course, led by instructors from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, was first introduced at The Institute, a nationwide conference for state-level public health professionals held in Atlanta, Georgia. The in-person course has been adapted into easy-to-navigate, online modules with video, handouts, and links to other resources. The course can be viewed in its entirety or one module at a time at your convenience. It will take around three hours to review the entire course including resources. You may take the course by yourself, or gather with colleagues to view the modules together. We hope you enjoy this dynamic experience!
This course focuses on Community Health Workers (CHWs) as an effective model to increase access to disparate populations. CHWs can play an important role in a variety of populations, especially those that have disparities in health, in facilitating the prevention and control of chronic diseases, including diabetes. The course will include:
- Recommendations for comprehensive policies to build capacity for an integrated and sustainable CHW workforce for community-based efforts to prevent and manage chronic diseases;
- Strategies for how to move policy and systems changes forward to facilitate the inclusion of CHWs as sustainable members of health care teams; and
- Resources that can assist state health departments and others in successfully engaging CHWs.
With practical guidance and tools, you will learn about successful models and practice-based strategies, and how they can be translated into your work.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand chronic disease-related social determinants of health and health disparities
- Identify evolving Community Health Workers (CHWs) models that increase access to care for disparate populations
- Define CHWs and identify their roles and scope of practice and the distinctions between CHWS and other occupations
- Describe the evidence demonstrating the value and impact of CHWs in preventing and managing a variety of chronic diseases
- Identify current national legislation and initiatives supportive of CHWs
- Understand policy and systems changes to support the integration and sustainability of CHWs as illustrated by state examples
Begin the Course
To view a module, click on the first link in each blue box below. The module will begin playing in a separate window. You may want to download the handouts prior to viewing each module. Once you have viewed a module, return to this main page to continue to the next module.
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Please refer to the following handouts for module 1:
- Health Equity Quiz (pre-test)
- Health Equity Quiz Answers
- How Far Upstream Activity
- How Far Upstream Activity Notes
3. Policy and Systems Change to Support Community Health Worker Integration and Sustainability (time 33:21)Download the pdf transcription of this module
Please refer to the following handouts for module 3: