U.S. looks to boost community health workers

Countries all over the world are using community health workers to reach out to people who don't have regular access to care through clinics and hospitals. And now there is a push from both the healthcare industry and states to increase their presence in the U.S., according to an article in Kaiser Health News, produced in collaboration with The Atlantic. The U.S. has about 38,000 community health workers, but there is no uniform training or accreditation process and their responsibilities vary by state. The Affordable Care Act includes a section recognizing the need for community health workers, but lawmakers have yet to decide how to fund them. The benefits of community health workers are numerous, according to the article. For example, since 1990, community health workers in Ethiopia have reduced child mortality by two-thirds and deaths from malaria by 55 percent. Article

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