Community Health Workers: The Missing Link in Population Health Management


Frances Feltner, DNP, MSN, RN, Director, University of Kentucky, Center for Excellence in Rural Health

Communities are increasingly challenged with rising health care costs, chronic disease management and addressing provider shortages. As a result, it is critical to find innovative ways to improve the health of communities. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are a cost effective bridge between patients with the greatest needs and the primary care physicians and other health care providers. Because CHWs know their community and are more likely to be trusted, they are able to address the health disparities and special needs. This webinar explores the strengths of the CHWs and ways they can be added to a team to more effectively address the needs of the community.


This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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