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Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are important members of any caretaking team, and NYSHealth has invested in the CHW model as a means to improve care throughout the State. In rural communities across New York State, CHWs fill a gap where access to primary care is sparse. In urban communities, they are a trusted source of information and are naturally able to bridge communication gaps that may arise between patients and providers. They can assist patients with navigating a broken, uncoordinated health care system and advocate for patients whose voices are muted. CHWs are critical assets in the care of patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, that require sustained, comprehensive care.

Learn more about some of the initiatives NYSHealth has supported in this area:

The Do Canto Group
Advancing the Creation of a Statewide Community Health Worker Association

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  •  Advancing the Integration of Community Health Workers into Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Health Homes in New York State
  •  Advancing and Sustaining the Community Health Worker Field in New York State

Community Health Worker Network of NYC
 Financing Community Health Workers: An Analysis of Emerging Opportunities in New York State

Institute for Leadership
New York State Diabetes Campaign Faith-based Initiative

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center
Improving Diabetes Prevention

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Initiating a Diabetes Management Program for Underserved Populations

Ibero-American Action League
Promotores de Salud


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