National Academy of Medicine
Discussion Paper

Bringing Community Health Workers into the Mainstream of U.S. Health Care

By Mary Pittman, Anne Sunderland, Andrew Broderick, Kevin Barnett
February 04, 2015

We have an innovation that is showing tremendous gains in improving health, especially among vulnerable populations. The innovation is the use of community health workers (CHWs), and, more specifically, their integration into team-based primary care. Scaling up the use of CHWs presents a unique set of obstacles, but it is also possible to chart a roadmap forward. The potential to improve care for vulnerable populations, help achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better health and lower costs, and advance population health is too promising to be deterred

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