New payment methods and delivery system reforms can support sustainable funding for community health worker services
UMass Chan AffiliationsCommonwealth Medicine, Center for Health Law and Economics
Document TypeBlog Post
KeywordsCommunity Health Workers
quality of care
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Health Law and Policy
Health Services Administration
Health Services Research
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AbstractExtensive evidence shows that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can help health systems meet the triple aim: improve population health, improve quality of care and contain costs, while also promoting health equity and community engagement. However, most CHW programs are grant funded, and when the funding ends, the program ends.
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