Community health workers (CHWs), also known as promotoras or patient navigators, have received considerable attention for their potential to improve access to and the quality of healthcare. The National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (NHDSP) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlined evidence based strategies on which states should focus their efforts and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promoted the use of CHWs and similar occupations.
This prompted the Utah Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP) to assess the role CHWs play in Utah. HDSPP contracted with the University of Utah’s Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) to conduct a literature review, a nationwide survey, and a Utah‐specific survey on current practices and impacts of programs utilizing the services of CHWs.
Copy of report is located at http://health.utah.gov/disparities/data/CommunityHealthWorkersInUtah2012.pdf