Today, UHCAN Ohio released its report on its survey findings, called Community Health Workers: At the Heart of Transforming Ohio’s Health Care Delivery System. During 2013-14, UHCAN Ohio conducted a statewide survey to explore how Community Health Workers (CHW) were being used throughout Ohio. 75 organizations responded to the survey.
The release of the report is timely, since this year’s state budget includes language requiring Medicaid managed care plans to use community health workers in at-risk neighborhoods to connect women with health care and community supports. This is part of the administration’s thrust to reduce infant mortality.
“The administration’s proposal is a clear indication that they understand there are benefits to using CHW’s in at risk communities. Our report paints a picture of the many ways community health workers are being used throughout the health care delivery system and we hope it will spark a statewide movement to expand their use beyond maternal and child health,” said Nita Carter, Health Equity Director of UHCAN Ohio.