The AHA and National Urban League today released a compendium of resources to help hospitals and health systems implement successful and sustainable community health worker programs. CHWs serve many roles, including health educator, patient navigator and advocate, and case manager. CHW programs allow hospitals and health systems to address the needs of high-risk or at-risk populations, the social determinants of health, readmissions and emergency department over usage — leading to better patient experiences, improved health and increased affordability. Among other resources, the compendium includes program implementation considerations; sample job tools and templates used by CHWs; and case studies from organizations that have implemented successful CHW programs. These resources were produced through a strategic alliance between AHA and NUL to advance diversity and health equity initiatives supported by both organizations. Learn more about AHA strategic alliances here.

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