Community Health Workers
Emerging in Care Coordination Models in California
Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Promotores de Salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. As healthcare reform addresses healthcare spending and enhanced coordinated care delivery to manage he crippling incidence of chronic disease, there is increased opportunity and need for holistic care team approaches that integrate clinical and community-facing roles. Further, addressing social determinants of health that impact vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by chronic disease necessitates care delivery models that are attuned to the specific sociocultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic needs of these targeted populations.