What is the Role of Community Health Workers

One of the big questions in healthcare delivery reform is what new models of primary care will look like.

While one part of this question is how current roles like the physician and nurse will transform, another question is what new roles will be created.  Anna Gorman in an article for Kaiser Health News highlights the increasing need for Community Health Workers in primary care networks.  In the article In L.A., Community Health Workers Are Part Of The Medical Team she writes:

“Health officials across the country face a vexing quandary – how do you help the sickest and neediest patients get healthier and prevent their costly visits to emergency rooms? “

It is important for doctors to consider the medical team as a whole.  In Doctor Council hospitals, what are medical teams lacking?  What do they do well?

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