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Aligning Provider Team Members With Polyvalent Community Health Workers.

Authors
  • Brooks, Beth A1
  • Davis, Sheila
  • Kulbok, Pamela
  • Frank-Lightfoot, Loraine
  • Sgarlata, Lisa
  • Poree, Shawanda
  • 1 Resurrection University (Dr Brooks), Chicago, Illinois; Partners in Health (Dr Davis), Boston, Massachusetts; College of Nursing (Dr Kulbok), University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia; Parkview Health System (Dr Frank-Lightfoot), Fort Wayne, Indiana; Lee Memorial Health System (Dr Sgarlata), Fort Myers, Florida; and Department of Veterans Affairs (Ms Poree), New Orleans, Louisiana.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing administration quarterly
Publication Date
2015
Volume
39
Issue
3
Pages
211–217
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000110
PMID: 26049598
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In light of the fragmentation of health care services and the need for health promotion and disease prevention, it is time to consider the important role community health workers (CHWs) could play as part of the health care team. Globally, CHWs tend to focus on a single patient condition, resulting in fragmented, uncoordinated health care services. Polyvalent (or multimodal) CHWs can provide a comprehensive, patient-centric range of care coordination services with other members of the health care team, ultimately improving patient outcomes and decreasing the cost of care. The potential benefits of the polyvalent CHW to the health care team are not widely understood in the United States. To fill this knowledge gap, a toolkit for nurse leaders in mainstream health care settings was created. The toolkit outlines the key elements essential to a successful CHW program and offers strategies for navigating the various challenges involved when integrating this new role into existing models of care.

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