Bridging the GapHow Community Health Workers Promote the Health of Immigrants

Bridging the GapHow Community Health Workers Promote the Health of Immigrants

Sally E. Findley and Sergio Matos

Print publication date: Jun 2015

ISBN: 9780199364329

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

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.