“Community Health Workers (CHWs) come from the communities they serve, building trust and vital relationships. This trusting relationship enables the CHWs to be effective links between their own communities and systems of care. This crucial relationship significantly lowers health disparities in Minnesota because CHWs: provide access to services, improve the quality and cultural competence of care, create an effective system of chronic disease management, and increase the health knowledge and self-sufficiency of underserved populations.” (MN CHW Alliance)
Community Health Worker: an emerging profession
In 2015, Generations convened a CHW Learning Collaborative to enhance the knowledge and understanding of CHW roles and models for interested stakeholders. Generations continues to convene a CHW Network consisting of employers or utilizers of CHWs as well as CHWs for shared learning and mutual support.
In partnership with Healthy Northland, Generations is supporting the engagement of CHWs to promote linkages between health systems and community resources for adults with high blood pressure and adults with prediabetes or at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Working with stakeholders, Generations is committed to facilitating and supporting the development of sustainable CHW models that will allow the CHW field to grow and thrive. To that end we will be working to develop new and improved funding streams for CHWs.