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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3182465187
Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers

A Unique Model of the Community Health Worker: The MGH Chelsea Community Health Improvement Team

Spiro, Anna MA; Oo, Sarah Abernethy MSW; Marable, Danelle MA; Collins, Jeffrey P. MD

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Abstract

With current trends in legislation around the delivery of patient care, the role of a community health worker (CHW) is gaining growing and much deserved attention. However, a system needs to be built for any CHW program to be successful and sustainable. This article describes a unique approach to community health work at the Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea HealthCare Center where a well-integrated CHW model provides support for everyone involved in patient care: patients, providers, the community at large, and the internal CHW staff.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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