CHW~LINK September 25, 2014

CHW~LINK September 25, 2014

CDC Policy Evidence Assessment Report: Community Health Worker Policy Components(September 2014; 13 Pages)

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October 1st 2014

 4:00pm – 6:00pm

SRJC Bertolini Student Center , SRJC Santa Rosa ,CA

Event Info:

Stephanie Merrida Grant

Carol West

JOB Openings Catholic Charities Sonoma County CA

Catholic Charities has several job openings right now. There are multiple Street Outreach Worker positions available so hoping that this will appeal to the CHW. Also, as I mentioned, we are really trying to hire individuals with a lived experience.

Melissa Struzzo, MPH
707-542-5426, ext. 219




The Johns Hopkins University Division of Health Sciences Informatics Study Calls for 20 CHW Groups to Participate

The Johns Hopkins University Division of Health Sciences Informatics been funded (R24 HS022073) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to evaluate the relative value of a variety of information resources for Community Health Workers (CHWs), including links to community resources, “library” resources explaining the evidence for different actions CHWs may take, protocols or templates of actions to take, and answers provided by other CHWs for questions that come up in the course of their daily work.

The study itself calls for 20 CHW groups to participate. Each group would receive computer tablets for the participating CHWs, who would be assigned to one of two design versions for using the information resources. The study will be for one year, slated to start early in 2015.

If you are interested in considering participating, please contact either Dr. Harold Lehmann ( or Dr. M. Chris Gibbons (


 Global Evidence for Peer Support: Humanizing Health Care (44pgs Report from an International Conference Hosted by Peers for Progress and the National Council of La Raza June 2014

“We all do better with peer support”
“Peer Support works and people like it”

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Sarah Lopez ; Senior Comprehensive Project ; Professors Matsuoka & Shamasunder  April 2014

Executive Summary

Individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, known as “dual eligibles,” represent one of the most vulnerable populations under the purview of America’s public insurance programs. Characterized by advanced age and functional limitations, dual eligibles present complex health care needs that have historically been mismanaged by the separate Medicare and Medicaid entities. Recent legislation at the federal and state levels introduced new policy opportunities for Medicare-Medicaid integration. California’s integration effort is known as Cal MediConnect.

In California, the dual eligible population is linguistically and culturally diverse, which presents both challenges and opportunities for the implementation of Cal MediConnect, including the need for culturally competent care. Community health workers, non-licensed members of the community that act as a bridge between the formal health care system and community members, may be able to meet this need. As members of the marginalized communities they serve and as a labor force that emerged in the shadow of the formal health care systems, community health workers themselves are also vulnerable. This paper proposes a partnership between the dual eligible population of Los Angeles County and the CHW labor force, mediated by the emerging care delivery and financing systems for dual eligibles in Los Angeles County. Interviews with members of various stakeholder sectors revealed a lack of communication between CHWs and health plans, the potential use of CHWs as enrollment counselors or as a part of interdisciplinary care teams, and the difficulty and unlikelihood of CHW inclusion in formal health care systems under Cal MediConnect.

Recommendations include CHW initiated communication with health plans, coalition building, and lobbying efforts on the part of CHWs.