In partnership with the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (CDC DHDSP), the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) team at CPHSS recently published a new product. The Policy Evidence Assessment Report: Community Health Worker Policy Components summarizes the evidence for components of community health worker policy to inform researchers, evaluators, and practitioners. It is the first in the CDC DHDSP Policy Evidence Assessment Report series and can be used during the consideration of policy options to improve chronic disease outcomes. This work is crucial because community health workers (CHW) hold much potential for addressing chronic disease, especially in minority and underserved populations.
The report identifies 14 components of CHW policy and assesses them based on the strength of their supporting evidence (defined as “emerging,” “promising impact,” “promising quality,” or “best”). The examined components include team-based care, chronic care, and scope of practice, among others. While most component evidence bases were ranked as “best,” those categorized as “promising” and “emerging” hold great potential for the field - and reveal that further study is needed.
This report is the first in a series of Policy Evidence Assessment Reports, which will review the evidence for policy options -- including those related to workplace health promotion and patient-centered medical homes, among others -- to improve chronic disease outcomes.
Click here to read the full report.