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Systematic Review of Community Health Workers

The systematic review of community health workers (CHWs) focuses on CHW training and the role of CHWs in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Key questions include:

  1. What is the direct evidence that CHW interventions lead to improved CVD risk factors?
  2. Among interventions using community health workers (CHWs) in racial and ethnic minority populations, which characteristics of CHW programs (i.e., selection criteria and training criteria) are associated with improved outcomes in the target population and in the CHWs?

This small project began in response to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which recognizes the role of CHWs in health promotion and disease prevention and recommends further integration of CHWs in the healthcare system, to support and aid in treating underserved populations.