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For more information about this program please contact:

Angela Eastlund
Workforce Policy Analyst aeastlund@hmprg.org


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Community Health Workers

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Overview

Since 2018, Health & Medicine has collaborated with Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation as the Project Coordinator for the foundations’ Community Health Worker (CHW) Pilot, an initiative that aims to utilize CHWs and address the ongoing local need to increase awareness of health and human service resources, connect people to needed services, and promote healthcare workforce development. In coordination with the Sinai Urban Health Institute, the pilot works with five different organizations to train CHWs; support their supervisors; and lead a learning collaborative that strengthens the skills, referral networks, and knowledge of those involved. With the long-term goal of creating communities with accessible, high-quality health and human services for all, Health & Medicine serves as the backbone and key convener for this initiative.

We are thrilled to share the results of the tireless work of the CHWs and the learning collaborative model that supports their efforts. As we forge ahead into new and exciting projects that help us advance beyond a “pilot” phase, take a look at our evaluation reports from the first three years:

West Suburban CHW Initiative Year 1 Report

West Suburban CHW Initiative Year 2 Report

West Suburban CHW Initiative Year 3 Report

News

  • Lessons from the Frontlines: The Evolving Role of Community Health Workers

    March 2, 2022

    As the Community Health Worker (CHW) Pilot Project in West Suburban Cook County continues into its fourth year, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and Sinai Urban Health Institute are pleased to release the pilot’s Year 3 Evaluation Report. We are thrilled to share the results of the tireless work of the CHWs and the […]

  • Workforce Policy Analyst Testifies Before Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Health Equity and Quality Subcommittee

    December 9, 2021

    On Wednesday, December 8th, Angela Eastlund, Workforce Policy Analyst, testified before the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Health Equity and Quality Subcommittee in support of advancing the Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce through voluntary certification and Medicaid reimbursement strategies. Below is a portion of the testimony, which you can read in full here. […]

  • Health & Medicine Supports Efforts of Local Foundations to Fund West Suburban CHWs

    January 29, 2019

    On January 22nd, Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation announced that they jointly invested $535,000 in a pilot program to engage a community health worker (CHW) network in the Western Suburbs. Funding will be used to support Community Health Workers at Aging Care Connections, Alivio Medical Center, BEDS Plus, Healthcare Alternative Systems, and Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Health and Medicine will coordinate the program which will be evaluated by the Chicago-based Sinai Urban Health Institute.