Bridging the Gap details the role, lessons, and effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) in bringing health care to underserved immigrant communities. Combining education, advocacy, and local cultural acumen, CHWs have proven successful in the United States and abroad, improving community health and establishing an evidence base for how CHW programs can work for immigrants. Based on a decade of in-depth evaluations from several immigrant health programs in New York City with complementary interviews with dozens of immigrants and CHWs, Bridging the Gap offers insights into how CHWs help immigrants overcome the obstacles to health care. The authors carefully distil first-hand lessons into recommendations for best practices in developing and utilizing effective CHW programs—insights that will be immediately useful to any community group, municipal agency, or health care organization.
Table of Contents
- 1 Immigrant Health: Immigration Trends and Impact on Health
- 2 A Good Fit: Community Health Workers and Immigrant Health
- 3 Becoming a Community Health Worker
- 4 Community Health Workers Promoting Immigrant Health: How Community Health Workers Have Supported Dominican Immigrants in Washington Heights, New York
- 5 Program Models for Community Health Workers Bridging the Gap
- 6 Strengthening the Bridge: How We Can Support Community Health Workers in Their Work With Immigrants