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Items in this list may be obtained from the sources cited. Contact information reflects the most current data about the source that has been provided to the MCH Digital Library.

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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and National Association of Community Health Workers. 2020. Community health workers: Evidence of their effectiveness. Arlington, VA: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2 pp.

Annotation: This document summarizes research studies demonstrating the effectiveness of community health workers across multiple settings and health issues. Topics covered include systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, returns on investment, interventions for chronic disease management, and success in rural settings.

Contact: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 450, Arlington, VA 22202, Telephone: (202) 371-9090 Fax: (571) 527-3189 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Community health aides, Evaluation

Snyder JE. 2016. Community health workers: Roles and responsibilities in health care delivery system reform. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 23 pp.

Annotation: This report reviews health services research findings on community health workers (CHWs) and considers key challenges for CHWs to improve health care delivery, including oral health care delivery. Topics include major roles for CHWs in the health care system, a national profile of CHWs, evidence on the clinical impact of CHWs, the policy impact potential for CHW interventions, opportunities for reimbursement through Medicaid, and state and health care innovation models.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 415 F, Washington, DC 20201, Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Barriers, Community health aides, Community role, Culturally competent services, Financing, Health care delivery, Health care reform, Home health aides, Low income groups, Medicaid, Minority groups, Oral health, Patient care teams, Policy development, Preventive health services, Program improvement, Reimbursement, Service delivery systems, Standards, Sustainability, Training, Work force

Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance. 2016. Success with CHWs: Oral health road map. [St. Paul, MN]: Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance, 12 pp.

Annotation: This report synthesizes findings from a project to examine gaps in oral health services and identify opportunities to broaden adoption of community health workers (CHWs) to improve oral health access, increase prevention education, and achieve improved outcomes for populations facing disparities in Minnesota. Topics include the costs of tooth decay, particularly among children from families with low incomes and children of color; and how CHWs can complement the oral health team's clinical and therapeutic focus by providing culturally-appropriate education and preventive services to underserved communities in multiple settings. Recommendations for action are included.

Contact: Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance, MN E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Health services, Access to health care, Community health aides, Oral health

Rural Assistance Center. 2015. Community health workers toolkit. Grand Forks, ND: Rural Assistance Center, multiple items.

Annotation: This toolkit contains eight modules that provide information and resources for developing a community health worker (CHW) program. Topics include an overview of CHWs and their roles, CHW program models, training approaches, program implementation, planning for sustainability, measuring program impacts, disseminating best practices, and successful programs.

Contact: Rural Health Information Hub, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 501 North Columbia Road Stop 9037, Room 4520, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037, Telephone: (800) 270-1898 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Community health, Community health advisors, Community health aides, Information dissemination, Model programs, Program development, Program evaluation, Sustainability, Training

American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Peers for Progress; National Council of La Raza. 2014. Peer support in health: Evidence to action–An expert panel of the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network. Leawood, KS: American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Peers for Progress, 47 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes discussions from a national conference held on November 12–13, 2013, in Washington, DC, to discuss current strengths and future needs in the field of peer support. Contents include key findings, background and review of the evidence, and key features of peer support. Topics include conceptual and strategic issues, program development, evaluation of peer support, organizational and system issues, and program sustainability. Recommendations and areas for future work are included.

Contact: American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Peers for Progress, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Suite 440, Leawood, KS 66211-2672, Telephone: (800) 274-2237 Secondary Telephone: (913) 906-6000 Fax: (913) 906-6095 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Community based services, Community health aides, Conference proceedings, Evaluation, Evidence based medicine, Financing, Health care delivery, International programs, Model programs, Peer counseling, Peer education, Peer groups, Peer support programs, Program development, Program improvement, Public health infrastructure, Public health programs, Quality assurance, Service delivery systems, Service integration, Sustainability, Systems development

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Center for Healthier Communities. 2011. Community health advisor model effective in oral health settings. [San Diego, CA]: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Center for Healthier Communities, 1 p. (Community health brief)

Annotation: This brief describes findings from a study to determine the feasibility and efficacy of using trained community health workers (parents) to apply fluoride varnish to children in an elementary school setting. Contents include background on local legislation, development and testing of the written protocol and training module, and findings from clinical assessments.

Contact: Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123, Telephone: (858) 576-1700 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, California, Community health aides, Community participation, Costs, Dental care, Elementary schools, Feasibility studies, Fluorides, Legislation, Local initiatives, Model programs, Oral health, Parents, Preventive health services, Research, School age children, School health services, Statewide planning, Training

Roman L. 2001. Improving the Health and Development of Low-Income Pregnant Women: [Final report]. Grand Rapids, MI: Spectrum Health, 49 pp.

Annotation: The goal of the study was to evaluate MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support), an intervention program that uses a peer support team consisting of a case management nurse, a paid health advocate, and volunteer mothers. The peer support network maintains weekly contact with low-income pregnant women at clinics, in homes, and in a variety of community locations. The study compared women who received the current standard of care provided by prenatal and maternal support services with women who received care through MOMS. Data on stress, depression, social support, life course development, health risk behavior, self-esteem, parenting and infant development, and mastery were collected for 500 women at 4 different clinic sites. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB2002-107488.

Keywords: Community Health Aides, Community Health workers, Community Integrated Service System program, Health Education, MCH Research, Paraprofessional Personnel, Paraprofessional Personnel, Peer Support Programs, Pregnant Women, Pregnant Women, Research, Support Groups


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.