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Community Health Workers

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Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained frontline staff who act as a crucial bridge between communities, patients, and health care providers. By providing support in homes and communities, CHWs allow patients to better manage chronic health conditions, resulting in improved health outcomes and reduced health care costs.

Despite compelling evidence regarding the impact of their services, CHW programs have historically been grant-funded, limiting their availability and long-term sustainability. The Health Law Lab develops resources describing current gaps, innovations, and policy opportunities on this topic, and works with partners to drive related health system reform.

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