Key Features of Peer Support in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
This article in Health Affairs discusses findings from Peers for Progress, to examine when peer support does not work, guide dissemination of peer support programs, and help integrate approaches such as e-health into peer support. Challenges for policy makers going forward include encouraging workforce development, balancing quality control with maintaining key features of peer support, and ensuring that under-resourced organizations can develop and manage peer support programs.
Strategies to Improve the Integration of CHWs Into Health Care Teams: "A Little Fish in a Big Pond"
Feelings of organizational support were positively correlated with the number of CHWs in the organization. CHWs reported the following facilitators to integration: having team meetings (73.7%), training inside (70.4%) and outside of the organization (81.6%), access to electronic health records, and ability for CHWs to stay connected to the community.
CHW Home Visits for Medicaid-Enrolled Children With Asthma: Effects on Asthma Outcomes and Costs
A streamlined CHW asthma home visit program for children with uncontrolled asthma improved health outcomes and yielded a return on investment of 1.90.
Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of CHWs: Evidence from a Literature Review
Existing evidence suggests that, compared with standard care, using CHWs in health programs can be a cost-effective intervention in low and middle income countries, particularly for tuberculosis, but also - although evidence is weaker - in other areas such as reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, and malaria.
CHWs: Potential Allies for the Field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation?
By reaching out to local community health worker programs, conducting cross-training, and exploring new funding opportunities presented by health care reform, we may be able to enrich the multidisciplinary, collaborative ethos that makes psychiatric rehabilitation so relevant and effective.
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