Community Health Worker Initiatives

Positive Pathways trainingIntegrating trained community members as part of a more responsive, accessible health care system.

IPHI is one of the DC-Maryland-Virginia region’s leading partners in the development, coordination, and evaluation of Community Health Worker (CHW) initiatives.

When effectively designed and implemented, CHW programs can be an important aspect of community-based public health systems. IPHI is engaged in a range of activities including:

  • Conducting CHW training programs;
  • Designing, coordinating and evaluating CHW programs;
  • Building awareness about the value of CHWs across the community;
  • Working with a variety of partners to grow and sustain the CHW workforce and CHW services, including laying the groundwork for policy change to enable Medicaid reimbursement; and
  • Supporting the development of the Center for the Community Health Workforce and CHW professional networks.

IPHI Adopts APHA Definition

IPHI has adopted the American Public Health Association (APHA) definition of a CHW. As trusted members of the localities in which they work, CHWs serve as the liaisons between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.

IPHI’s Innovative Approach

IPHI provides comprehensive training and support of both CHWs and the clinical and community-based teams into which CHWs are integrated. When possible, we provide trainings at a community-level – across service providers – and provide overarching coordination, support, and evaluation to help change entire systems of care.  Examples of our work can be found by clicking on the links below:

For more information about our Community Health Worker Initiatives contact us at 202.747.3512 or via email at info@institutephi.org.