Minnesota Community Health Worker Project

Who We Are
Minnesota’s Community Health Worker Project is a statewide collaborative initiative whose mission is to reduce cultural and linguistic barriers to health care, improve quality and cost effectiveness of care, and increase the number of health care workers who come from diverse backgrounds or underserved communities. Community Health Workers come from the communities they serve, working at the grassroots level building trust and vital relationships which make them effective culture brokers between their own communities and systems of care. CHWs:

  • Teach navigation through the health care system - increasing health care access
  • Educate health care knowledge – lowering health disparities
  • Bridge the gap between cultures and health care systems – improving health outcomes

Project Innovation
This project is a tribute to the coalition of partners (educators, health care industry, health care payers, public and private organizations & CHWs) who committed to improve the system of delivering health care services to all persons in Minnesota.  This project:

  • Developed a standardized curriculum to educate CHWs in Minnesota;
  • Developed professional standards for CHWs that define their role in the health care delivery system;
  • Created a sustainable employment market, incorporating CHWs into the health care workforce;
  • Demonstrated that trained CHWs are effective, and that a CHWs time with a patient is a billable/reimbursable valued service.

Project Information:
Community Health Worker Alliance

 

Updated Tuesday, 08-Jan-2013 10:52:34 CST