Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW)

A CHW talking to couple

The Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW): Nurses as Champions and Policy Leaders in a Transforming Health Care System.
A collaborative study published by
Kathy Karsting MPH, RN
Program Manager, Maternal Child Adolescent Health for Nebraska DHHS Division of Public Health and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader, 2015 -2017 – shared with NE-DHHS, the Nebraska Action Coalition and others.

“The nursing profession has a long and credible history developing the workforce to meet health needs of the population. Active engagement of nurses in health systems transformation is necessary if nurses are to remain visible, relevant, and impactful. One area where nurses – the largest and most trusted of health professions – have been curiously silent is the changing workforce, particularly in development of the community health worker role.”
(Karsting, K. (2017). The Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW): Nurses as Champions and Policy-leaders in a Transforming Health Care System. Retrieved from abstract).

Please see the linked documents below to learn what the project concluded regarding: 

  • What Is A Community Health Worker (CHW)?

  • Emerging Role of Community Health Worker

  • Community Health Worker and a Transformed Healthcare System

  • Nurses as Champions and Leaders in Healthcare

CHW-Project-Report-FINAL-July-2017-ed-8-21-2017

CHW-Project-Inventory-Report-and-Appendix-May-2017