The Rationale and Logistics for Incorporating Community Health Workers Into the Multidisciplinary Team

Elizabeth M. Vaughan, Aliye B. Cepni, Uyen Phuong N. Le, Craig A. Johnston

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Abstract

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have shown value in diabetes care. CHWs are often the individuals who provide behavioral lifestyle intervention to underserved communities and are often the first to assist patients in gaining appropriate access to care. As trusted members of their communities, they have the ability to significantly impact psychosocial and biomedical outcomes, making them important members of the behavioral medicine team. However, lack of recognition of CHWs within multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) gives rise to the issue of the underutilization of their services. Therefore, barriers to including CHWs in MDTs including standardized training and strategies to overcome these are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • behavioral management
  • community health workers or CHW
  • diabetes
  • health disparities
  • low socioeconomic
  • multidisciplinary teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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