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The Role of Community Health Worker Services in COVID-19 Response Efforts

This report found that community health workers who participated in local health departments’ COVID-19 response helped meet the needs of residents and helped to reduce the spread of the virus, producing savings that offset the cost of the services. The report was done on behalf of the Connecticut Health Foundation by researchers from Commonwealth Medicine and is based on an evaluation of community health worker interventions in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford, Connecticut. 

Sustainable Financing Models for Community Health Worker Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice

Researchers at UMass Medical School developed four community health worker models aligned with priorities of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model, a federally funded grant initiative to transform state health care systems. The models target high-need, high-cost patients – the populations for which CHW interventions are most likely to improve health outcomes and generate cost savings.

The Basic Health Program Could Help More People Access Health Care, But Recent Challenges Have Emerged

This article highlights the positive aspects of the Basic Health Program by discussing the opportunity, how the program works, and challenge to implementation in Connecticut. The pogram, an Affordable Care Act (ACA) option, gives states the opportunity to make health care more affordable to lower income people who do not qualify for Medicaid.