Increasing the integration of Community Health Workers (CHWs) among Ohio’s health care teams is a key recommendation of a report that has become a cornerstone for Ohio’s work to increase utilization CHWs. The Integrating Community Health Workers in Ohio’s Health Care Teams report released in 2016 provides a picture of where community health workers are, how they are used, trained and paid for in Ohio.
Addressing the social determinants of health and improving health outcomes requires a multi-pronged approach. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are recognized by the American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control as a key strategy for addressing the social determinants of health.
CHWs, trained health care professionals that work in the communities they are from, are most effective when integrated into healthcare teams. In Ohio, CHWs are certified by the, Ohio Board of Nursing. Currently there are over six hundred (600) certified CHWs in Ohio.
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