Nothing About Us, Without Us: Engaging CHWs/Promotores in Insightful Conversations on Sustainability and Financing
THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE IN ENGLISH ONLY
Community health worker (CHW) services are most often funded for limited periods as part of grants that address specific chronic conditions or preventive health measures. The lack of consistent, dependable funding has hindered the creation of permanent CHW positions at many organizations, community health centers and other organizations. To address this challenge, there are multiple efforts throughout the nation to ensure that CHWs become permanent, sustainable members of the workforce. This colloquium will highlight the findings of a May 2018 CDC CHW Forum and engage CHWs in conversations about the current landscape for CHW financing and sustainability and about building an infrastructure to sustain and finance CHWs in diabetes prevention and management.
- Discuss results of the CDC-CHW Forum on the perceptions of CHWs, CHW allies and state health departments, and potential pathways to build an infrastructure to sustain and finance CHWs in diabetes prevention and management.
- Facilitate an interactive discussion with CHWs/promotores about building an infrastructure to sustain and finance CHWs in diabetes prevention and management. Discuss strategies for increasing CHW engagement in increasing enrollment in diabetes education and prevention programs.
- Describe the current landscape for CHW financing and sustainability.