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Webinar: Community Health Workers (CHWs) in HIV Services: Insights from Virginia

Authors: Baughman, A., Recupero, L., Carr, S.

Date: 2017

Project: Improving Access to HIV Care Using CHWs

Keywords: HIV/AIDS

Community Health Workers have the potential to improve outcomes on the HIV care continuum, but what does that look like in a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) funded agency? What is their scope of work and how can they be funded? During this interactive webinar course, the second in a series and presented on Nov. 16, 2017, Leonard Recupero and Susan Carr from the Virginia Department of Health, HIV Services Unit, shared their experiences integrating CHWs into these RWHAP services; working with CHWs to enhance HIV prevention and care services; and improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. The webinar discussed funding, program planning, and the scope of work for CHWs in HIV care.
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Title V and Medicaid/CHIP Interactive Worksheets

Authors: Dworetzky, B.A., Charmchi, P., Ablavsky, E.

Date: 2017

Project: Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing, Health Benefits, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid/CHIP

The Catalyst Center created two interactive worksheets for Title V program staff, family leaders, and other stakeholders. These worksheets provide an overview of Title V, and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Each worksheet includes resources you can use to find and insert state-specific information to help demonstrate the importance of Title V, Medicaid and CHIP for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The worksheets were created as companion materials to the Catalyst Center’s Public Insurance Programs and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial on the Basics of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Statement of the Problem: Health Reform, Value-Based Purchasing, Alternative Payment Strategies, and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Authors: Bachman, S., Comeau, M., Long, T.

Date: 2017

Project: Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing

With the increasing emphasis on value-based purchasing (VBP), policymakers must critically analyze the potential impact for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), because this group of children, by definition, uses more health care services than other children and inevitably incurs higher per person costs. We provide a history and definition of VBP and insurance design, noting its origin in employer-sponsored health insurance, and discuss various financing and payment strategies that may be pursued under a VBP framework. The relevance of these approaches for CYSHCN is discussed, and recommendations for next steps are provided. There is considerable work to be done if VBP strategies are to be applied to CYSHCN. Issues include the low prevalence of specific special health care need conditions, how to factor in a life course perspective, in which investments in children’s health pay off over a long period of time, the marginal savings that may or may not accrue, the increased risk of family financial hardship, and the potential to exacerbate existing inequities across race, class, ethnicity, functional status, and other social determinants of health.

This article was part of a May 2017 supplement in Pediatrics, produced by the Catalyst Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The Catalyst Center staff along with colleagues from the AAP presented a webinar with key highlights from each of the Pediatrics supplement papers.  

Special supplement to the American Journal of Public Health

Authors: Multiple authors

Date: 2017

Project: Protected: Learning Communities

Keywords: Health Equity

Published in Dec. 2017, this supplement to the AJPH explores new perspectives and research on the role of social work in public health. Articles in this supplement tackle questions about the role of social workers in advancing health equity and population health policies, how public health is conceptualized in social work education and training and the history of social work in public health, among other topics. View news announcement.

Webinar: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care

Authors: Bachman, S., Wilkinson, G., Rajabiun, S., Davich, J.

Date: 2017

Project: Improving Access to HIV Care Using CHWs

Keywords: Health Equity, HIV/AIDS

During this interactive webinar course, the first in a series and presented on July 27, 2017, participants learn why community health workers (CHWs) could be key to reducing barriers to care faced by underserved and hard-to-reach populations, specifically in HIV systems. The course defines the role of CHWs, how they are integrated into health care teams, and how they function as an integral part of the health care system. Experts share real-world illustrative examples of CHWs working in HIV care. Participants learn about building—and expanding—internal capacity for CHWs.
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