Community health workers (CHWs) may help improve health outcomes by providing a link between healthcare systems and communities. CHWs can serve many functions, including care coordination and social support, yet CHW programs face a number of challenges related to implementation and sustainability. PCORI has funded more than $200 million in comparative effectiveness research projects that use CHWs. This session gave attendees a glimpse of what PCORI is learning from these studies and provided practical context for CHW deployment. Attendees heard from PCORI-funded principal investigators on their study results, and two stakeholder representatives presented information on how PCORI’s portfolio relates to the real world.

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Andrea Gelzer, MD, MS
Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer
AmeriHealth Caritas
Presentation Slides

Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, JD
Director of Health Equity
Families USA
Presentation Slides

Bradley Kramer, MPA
Community Health Worker Program Manager, Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Section
Public Health Seattle & King County, Washington
Presentation Slides | PCORI-funded Research Project

Judith Long, MD
Sol Katz Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Presentation Slides | PCORI-funded Research Project


Cathy Gurgol, MS
Senior Program Officer, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research
Presentation Slides

This session was eligible for continuing education credit.


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