Community health worker
A county health department's sexually transmitted disease awareness campaign targeting young minority women offers a free home test kit and improves access to testing and treatment, especially among African Americans and Latinas.
Supported by mobile technology, trained health coaches and nurse care coordinators use home visits and telephone-based monitoring to identify and address declines in health status in recently discharged Medicare patients, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions and associated cost savings.
Community health workers embedded in clinical teams in medical offices and hospitals support low-income patients in setting and achieving health-related goals and accessing needed medical and community-based services, leading to better communication and access to postdischarge primary care, increased patient activation, fewer readmissions and depression-related symptoms, and positive feedback from patients.
The State of Maryland provides financial and technical support to five communities designated through a competitive bidding process as health enterprise zones, leading to an expansion of primary care capacity in these areas.
Community health workers provided culturally tailored workshops and one-on-one counseling and support to Filipino Americans at high risk of cardiovascular disease, leading to greater adherence to medication regimens, better attendance at scheduled appointments, improved blood pressure control, and lower body mass index.
A mobile clinic provides screening, education, coaching, and health navigation services to residents of four underserved communities, leading to the identification of many previously undetected chronic conditions, better blood pressure control, and a substantial return on investment.
A community cancer coalition employs navigators who work with community health centers in rural areas to identify those in need of colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy and facilitate access to such screening, leading to more referrals and screenings and to more cancers and precancerous polyps being detected and treated.
Community health workers known as promotores enhance access to culturally competent mental health education and services, leading to improvements in mental health status and literacy for elderly racial and ethnic minorities.
A nonprofit, community-based organization matches uninsured and underinsured patients with physicians, hospitals, and other providers who agree to serve them at reduced fees and provides various sources of support to both providers and patients, leading to enhanced access to care and fewer emergency department visits.
A nonprofit organization in Baltimore provides programs and services to support at-risk women (particularly African Americans) throughout each stage of the childbearing cycle, leading to fewer deliveries of low- and very low–birthweight babies and associated cost savings.