Documenting Community Health Worker Roles in Primary Care: Contributions to Evidence-Based Integration into Health Care Teams, 2015

Kerstin M. Reinschmidt, Maia Ingram, Stephanie Morales, Samantha J. Sabo, John Blackburn, Lucy Murrieta, Cassalyn David, Scott C. Carvajal

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provided community health workers (CHWs) with new opportunities, and current efforts develop evidence-based guidelines for CHW integration into clinical teams. This qualitative study documents CHW roles and activities in 3 federally qualified health care centers in southern Arizona. Community health worker clinical roles, activities, and integration varied by health center and were in flux. Integration included complementary roles, scheduled and everyday communications with team members, and documentation in the electronic health records. These findings contribute to evidence-based guidelines for CHW integration into clinical teams that are critical to maximizing CHW contributions to patient health improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-315
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Hispanic Americans
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • community health centers
  • community health worker
  • community-based participatory research
  • health information systems
  • health promotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Documenting Community Health Worker Roles in Primary Care: Contributions to Evidence-Based Integration into Health Care Teams, 2015'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this