Building A Community Health Worker Program: The Key to Better Care, Better Outcomes, & Lower Costs

As a part of the community health worker initiative, the AHA and the NUL hosted the Community Health Worker Consortium in Chicago, IL. Representatives from hospital and health system organizations, federal and state agencies, academic institutions and community-based organizations attended the consortium. The session focused on three main topics: 1) defining of community health workers, 2) credentialing of community health workers, and 3) funding sources and strategies for sustainability. Post the consortium, the AHA and the NUL, along with Community Health Works formed a strategic advisory group that worked together to apply findings from the consortium to the Building A Community Health Worker Program: The Key to Better Care, Better Outcomes, & Lower Costs toolkit. This resource is intended to help administrative and clinical leaders to implement successful and sustainable community health worker programs.

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