CHW Common Core Curriculum C3 Consensus building project April 2016

Understanding Scope and Competencies: A Contemporary Look at the United States Community Health Worker Field Progress Report of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Consensus (C3) Project: BUILDING NATIONAL CONSENSUS ON CHW CORE ROLES, SKILLS, AND QUALITIES ( 43 pgs)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________A Summary of the National Health Advisory Study 1998 (Lee Rosenthal et Al)


Community Health Workers in a Post–Health Reform Era J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE1 M. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES2


DHCS: Health Homes for Patients with Complex Needs California Concept Paper – Final ( March 2016, )
See page 5

Strengthen community linkages within health homes. Linkages to housing and social services are critical to providing comprehensive care coordination in HHP. Requirements for strong linkages to, and assistance and follow-up with, community resources will ensure that these resources are available to HHP members. In addition to linking and coordinating available social services, the multi-disciplinary care team will also encourage HHP members to participate in evidence-based prevention programs such as diabetes management and smoking cessation, and other available programs that are documented to use best practices and have positive outcomes. Information about the availability of these programs will be provided to the member.

Strengthen team-based care, including use of community health workers/promotores/other frontline workers. HHPs will be required to have team based care, including community health workers where appropriate. Because of the linkages to housing and other social services, and potential outreach activities, community health workers will have a role in providing HHP services.

See Section II.F.5 for discussion on multi-disciplinary care team and community health workers. ( pg 26)

Community Health Workers (CB-CME or by contract)

Qualifications: Paraprofessional or peer advocate; Administrative support to care manage

Roles:Engage eligible HHP members • Accompany HHP member to office visits, as needed, and in the most easily accessible setting, within MCP guidelines • Health promotion and self-management training • Arrange transportation • Assist with linkage to social supports • Distribute health promotion materials • Call HHP member to facilitate HHP visit with care manager


Report to  the California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary, Diana S. Dooley Advancing Community Health’Workers to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs Recommendations for the California State Health Care Innovation Plan (44 pgs, May,2015 )

  • The California State Healthcare Innovation Plan Workforce Work Group
  • Lupe Alonzo F Diaz, Deputy Director, Office of Statewide Health Planning Development
  • Co- Chair Kevin Barnett, California Health Workforce Alliance


“Community Health Workers in California: Sharpening Our Focus on Strategies to Expand Engagement.” The California Health Workforce Alliance.February 2015. 


 “Bringing Community Health Workers into the Mainstream of!the U.S. Health  Care.” Discussion Paper for the Institute of Medicine. Mary  Pittman, MD ( February 4, 2015. 


Taking Innovations to scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim- A Statewide Assessment of the Roles and Contributions of California’s Community Health Workers  Prepared by the California Health Workforce Alliance; Senior Investigator Kevin Barnett, DrPH,MCP, Public Health Institute ( December 2013, 78 pages; 60 References )


Leveraging Community Health Workers within California’s State Innovation Model: Background, Options and Considerations Prepared by Anna C. Davis, MPH; Prepared for the California Health and Human Services Agency; Funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, ( July 2013; 20 page; 36 references)’s%20State%20Innovation%20Model%20(SIM)%20Initiative.pdf


“The Promotor Model: A Model for Building Healthy Communities: A Framing Paper Latino Health Access, Visión y Compromiso, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation March 29,2011 The California Endowment


  • Catherine Dower JD
  • Melissa Knox, RD
  • Vanessa Linder, MA
  • Edward O’Neil, MPA, PhD, FAAN
  • The Center for the Health Professions, University of California San Francisco
  • National Fund for Medical Education
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota