Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

Research Articles

Research Articles


"Taking Innovation to Scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim"
A Statewide Assessment of the Roles and Contributions of California's Community Health Workers Preliminary Findings, Observations, and Recommendations 
California Health Workforce Alliance (CHWA) Study AUGUST 2013 
Lead Investigator : Kevin Barnett
Assistant Researcher: Andrew Broderick

Uncovering the Role of Community Health Worker/Lay Health Worker Programs in Addressing Health Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Women in Canada: An Instrumental and Embedded Qualitative Case Study Author: Sara Torres Ospina


Rush CH. Commentary: Return on Investment from Employment of Community Health Workers.  Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, April-June 2012.


Balcázar HG, Rosenthal EL, Brownstein JN, Rush CH, Matos S., Hernández L.  Community Health Workers Can Be a Public Health Force for Change in the United States:  Three Actions for a New Paradigm.  American Journal of Public Health, December 2011.

Alvillar M, Quinlan J, Rush CH, Dudley DJ. Recommendations For Developing And Sustaining Community Health Workers (Report From the Field). Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, August 2011. 22 (2011): 745–750.

Brownstein JN, Hirsch GR, Rosenthal EL, Rush CH. Community Health Workers “101” for Primary Care Providers and Other Stakeholders in Healthcare Systems.  Journal of Ambulatory Care Management July 2011. 34(3) 210-220.

Gilkey MB, Garcia C, Rush C. Professionalization and the experience-based expert: Strengthening partnerships between health educators and community health workers.  Health Promotion Practice, March 2011 (12.2) pp. 178-182.
January 14, 2010PRESS RELEASE for CHW Report :

CHW doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0081 HEALTH AFFAIRS 29, NO. 7 (2010): 1338–1342 
Community Health Workers - Part Of The Solution.pdf
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December 2009: MDPH Community Health Worker Advisory Council Report :
November 2009: Comparative snapshot of four allied health occupations in California: Community Health Workers, medical assistants, certified nurse assistants, and home health aides
 Sharon Christian and Catherine Dower    
Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco

Community Health Workers:The Foundation for Improving Public Health and 


althcare Practice 


OPHE – Philadelphia  November  7, 2009 Durrell Fox, BS, CHW
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)


Rosenthal EL, de Heer H, Rush CH, Holderby LR. Focus on the Future: A Community Health Worker Research Agenda By and For the Field.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.  Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2008.


2007 HRSA Community Health Workers National Workforce Study 

2006-12_Advancing_Community_Health_Worker_Practice_and_Utilization_The_Focus_on_Financing.pdf 2006-12_Advancing_Community_Health_Worker_Practice_and_Utilization_The_Focus_on_Financing.pdf
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4 Allied Health Occupations_Final.pdf 4 Allied Health Occupations_Final.pdf
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2004-09_Community_Health_Workers_and_Promotores_in_California.pdf 2004-09_Community_Health_Workers_and_Promotores_in_California.pdf
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"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds 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." (APHA definition)

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