This issue brief highlights the benefits of the Federal Basic Health Plan adoption in Washington State.
This paper outlines the goals and rationales of developing a Community Health Worker (CHW) Workforce in Washington State, highlighting work plans, network development & infrastructure, and information from other states to provide a summary of paths and timelines for building a CHW workforce.
The Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington has come together to help create conditions that are more likely to encourage people to make choices that lead to good health. This two page document describes the Healthy Living Collaborative's approach and successes since its formation in 2012
Julie Peterson, our Senior Director of Policy, was one of five speakers for the Public Health Institute’s ‘Dialogue4Health’ project to present on their webinar “Moving Community Prevention Forward: New Funding Opportunities to Advance Community Health and Equity.” This webinar discusses strategies and efforts to build a system of prevention and clinical integration and ways to advance health equity through community engagement.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC) outlines policy and systems issues high on its radar with this policy platform.
Policy, Systems, and Environmental Strategies Platform for Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum CountiesThe Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington is composed of a diverse group of community partners from Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties who work to reduce and prevent chronic disease and associated risk factors. They do this by promoting policy, systems, and environmental changes that create and support healthy communities. This document outlines the Collaborative’s current focus and opportunities for future work in the following priority areas: Active Living, Healthy Eating, Tobacco-Free Living & Community Linkages.
Landlords play a vitally important role in the movement to provide safe and healthy housing. This No Smoking Resource Guide for Landlords with Section 8 Tenants discusses the benefits of going smoke-free and how to get started implementing a no-smoking policy.
The time is opportune for Washington State to develop and grow its community health worker (CHW) workforce. CHWs are frontline public health workers who help individuals and communities overcome barriers to health care and health status improvement. They speak the same language and belong to the same culture as the communities they serve. As trusted community members, CHWs leverage peer-to-peer relationships to: (1) create more effective linkages between communities and health care systems, (2) provide health education and information, (3) assist and advocate for underserved individuals to receive appropriate services, (4) provide informal counseling, (5) directly address basic needs, and (6) build community capacity to address health issues.
Community health workers (CHWs) are known by many alternative names, including outreach workers, promotores(as) de salud, patient navigators, community health representatives, community health advisors, as well as other titles. Regardless of their title, CHWs are frontline workers who help individuals to improve their health. The CHW model is founded on natural helping systems within communities and is based on peer-to-peer relationships rather than provider-client relationships.