Community health workers and promotores de salud have long played a vital role in promoting health and well-being, particularly in communities historically not well served by the health care system. The need to expand this important workforce takes on new urgency in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Understanding California’s Community Health Worker/Promotor Workforce
Training and Supporting Community Health Workers and Promotores: Lessons for California and Other States
The Center for Health Care Strategies led a comprehensive scan of training and certification approaches for Community Health Workers and Promotores (CHW/P). This resulting report outlines a set of training and professional recognition considerations for sustaining a robust CHW/P workforce. While the report shares specific considerations for California, these lessons are also applicable in other states.
Three Workforce Strategies To Help COVID Affected Communities
In this Health Affairs blog, Rishi Manchanda outlines three ways state and federal leaders can ramp up a community-based workforce to protect vulnerable communities and augment the efforts of hospitals and public health leaders in the fight against COVID-19.
Recognizing and Sustaining the Value of Community Health Workers and Promotores
This brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies explores how community health workers and promotores (CHW/Ps) are currently contributing to the health care system both in California and around the country. It highlights examples of how CHW/P work is financed as well as emerging opportunities to scale and sustain that work within California.