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.
Andrea Gelzer, MD, MS
Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer
Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, JD
Director of Health Equity
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
Cathy Gurgol, MS
Senior Program Officer, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research
This session was eligible for continuing education credit.