SIMPMO: Report of the CHW Advisory Committee

Community Health Worker Advisory Committee

{Report of the CHW Advisory Committee} Overview

The State Innovation Model Program Management Office seeks public comment on the recommendations of the Community Health Worker Advisory Committee. Community Health Workers (CHWs) have long been instrumental in addressing health needs globally. In the US, CHWs have also been recognized as critical to addressing the social determinants of health and as the key to population health.  CHWs represent a broad group of healthcare workers and take on a variety of roles and names.

As a diverse and relatively new workforce in Connecticut, CHWs lack a cohesive framework, definition, scope of practice, and sustainable financing mechanism. Recently, there have been attempts to standardize the CHW scope of practice and training requirements and to establish credentialing and certification programs, with the goal of enabling sustainable financing mechanisms for this vital workforce. Studies have demonstrated the importance of recognizing CHWs as a professional workforce and integrating them fully into the healthcare system.

This report contains recommendations for a CHW definition, scope of practice, credentialing/certification, and sustainable funding. Click here to access the full report.

Instruction for Providing Comment
  • Written comments, questions, and concerns regarding these recommendations may be submitted until August 26, 2017 to the SIM Program Management Office at
  • When submitting correspondence, please reference "CHW Report" in the subject line.
  • If you are providing comments on behalf of an organization, please include the organization's name and your contact information.
  • If you are commenting as an individual, please include your contact information.

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