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Addressing Chronic Disease through CHWs: A Policy and Systems Level Approach, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
This document provides guidance on integrating CHWs into community-based efforts to prevent chronic disease and describes state policies, programs that engage CHWs, and resources to assist state health departments.

CDC CHW Toolkit
CDC has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of CHWs in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities.

Community Health Worker Training Resource for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke
The Community Health Worker Training Resource for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke (2015) is an evidence-based, plain-language training resource and reference for CHWs as well as a curriculum that health educators, nurses, and other instructors can use to train CHWs. The updated resource has 15 chapters that show how CHWs can help individuals prevent or manage heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, depression and stress, and other lifestyle risk factors. Also included are sections about working with children and teens and helping individuals talk to their doctor and take medicines properly.

Community Health Workers in Diabetes Management and Prevention, AADE Position Statement
The American Association of Diabetes Educators released a position statement addressing the involvement of Community Health Workers in diabetes self-management education (DSME).

Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
The American Association of Diabetes Educators has established Diabetes Educator Practice Levels which allow CHWs to be trained as Level 1 Associate Diabetes Educators and assist in DSME.

Engagement of CHWs in Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs Technical Assistance Guide, May 2015, CDC Communication to Grantees, May 20th, 2015
Provides guidance for states proposing to increase the engagement of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the delivery and support of Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs.

Engaging Community Health Workers in Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs
This document provides an overview of a technical assistance tool developed by CDC staff to explain key drivers associated with engaging community health workers (CHWs) in diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs. It also highlights examples from three states that have done significant work in supporting the CHW workforce, including training, certification, and reimbursement initiatives. Finally, the document provides an illustrative example of one state’s work on each of the key drivers associated with engaging CHWs in DSME.

Integrating Community Health Workers in the Changing Health System
NACDD General Member Webinar June 25, 2015 Presentation by Haley Stolp (reflects author’s findings and NOT those of the CDC) Note: CHW presentation begins about 24 minutes into the recording.

Policy Evidence Assessment Report: Community Health Worker Policy Components, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
This report identifies 14 CHW policy components and assesses them based on the strength of supporting evidence (emerging, promising, and best). The examined components include team-based care, chronic care, scope of practice, and others.

Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores De Salud
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health’s Think Cultural Health (TCH) online resources and tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care