Special Introduction From Guest Editors, Noelle Wiggins, EdD, MSPH,
and E. Lee Rosenthal, PhD, MS, MPH
This is the second time that the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management has dedicated a set of special issues to literature about, for -- and often by -- Community Health Workers (CHW). JACM has a history of providing space for dialogue about issues of primary health care and social justice. The CHW world is lucky to have found a niche within JACM and to have the support of its forward thinking Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Norbert Goldfield. The special issues provide an opportunity for members of the CHW field to reflect upon our work to strengthen CHW policy and practice “from the inside out.”
An important aspect of this opportunity has been the latitude provided by Dr. Goldfield to include pieces not often found in academic journals, such as the “CHW Voices from the Field” in both the previous and the current set of issues. In addition, the issues provide an opportunity for CHWs and allies to become more connected as a community of practice. This stands in contrast to many other peer review venues where we seek to illustrate CHW efficacy and their return on investment -- also important but not so critical for those of us who already feel confident in the truth of both.
Ultimately, the special issues will include more than 12 research articles and commentaries and 7 CHW “Voices from the Field.” The issues explore CHWs’ role in advocating for their profession and their communities, as well as contributions of CHWs to reforming the US health care system and increasing access to healthy food and nutrition.
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These issues and related content have been compiled into the CHW Collection.