Community health worker professional advocacy: Voices of action from the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey

Samantha J Sabo, Ashley Wennerstrom, David Phillips, Catherine Haywoord, Floribella Redondo, Melanie L Bell, Maia Ingram

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Abstract

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 advancementof thefield.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Advocacy
  • Community health workers
  • Policy
  • Professional development
  • Workforce develop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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