Integration of CHWs in health care teams is low across Ohio. There is a need for a more coordinated approach to improve the integration of CHWs in health care teams in Ohio. The report and recommendations are designed to guide state and local organizations in identifying and implementing strategies for advancing this workforce in Ohio.
The report addresses four conditions which are critical to creating a supportive environment for hiring CHWs and integrating them on health care teams:
- Standardized scope of practice and defined roles for CHWs
- Standardized training and certification for CHWs
- Training for licensed providers on how to use and pay for CHWs
- Sustainable financing for CHWs
Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center staff provided technical assistance for the content in the report, but did not work on or contribute to the Recommendations Section.