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Stories from the Field


Carol Hoch

My story began when I first learned about Community Health Workers, and what they do. When I came back to Houston County, from the City, I had elderly parents and I went to work for the school district. Here I learned of the need in the community, that included all ages, that had no clue where to go or how to get the needed health information and/or assistance they needed, or referral or follow up services that are available. I feel... Read more...
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How Can a Community Health Worker Help You?

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have formal training and are credentialed in the skill sets needed to provide health services to your clients.  Studies have concluded that:

  • CHWs have been shown to be effective in increasing knowledge and promoting behavior change1;
  • CHW interventions have been shown to improve utilization patterns2; and
  • CHW care management has produced significant reductions in:
    • Emergency room visits
    • Hospital admissions
    • Total patient cost3

Interested in what a Community Health Worker can do for you? Watch a video on how CHWs can work with your clients, patients and community.


Interested in what a Community Health Worker can do for you? Watch a video on how CHWs can work with your clients, patients and community.

1Andrews JO, Felton G, Wewers ME et al. Use of community health workers in research with ethnic minority women. J Nurs Scholarsh 2004; 36 (4):358-65.
2Beckham S, Kaahaaina D, Voloch KA et al. A community-based asthma management program: effects on resource utilization and quality of life. Hawaii Medical Journal 2004; 63 (4):121-6.
3Fedder DO, Chang RJ, Curry S et al. The effectiveness of a community health worker outreach program on healthcare utilization of West Baltimore City Medicaid patients with diabetes, with or without hypertension. Ethn Dis 2003; 13 (1):22-7.