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How Community Health Workers Support Chronic Disease Management

6 Mar 2023 8:12 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

 A new study from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine shows how community health workers helped patients achieve optimal blood pressure control, underscoring the role these non-clinical workers play in chronic disease management. [Patient Engagement HIT]

The community health worker (CHW) program was effective because CHWs helped promote cultural competence and filled in language barriers, the researchers said.

“As the demand for patient-centered approaches in clinical settings expands, CHW models have growing clinical and public health relevance in the context of hypertension management,” Nadia Islam, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Population Health, said in a press release.

“They offer a cost-effective model for chronic disease management among immigrant communities with limited English proficiency who are often underserved by health care systems,” added Islam, who is also an associate director at the Institute for Excellence in Health at NYU Langone.



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