AzPRC Core Research

Community Health Workers linking clinics and county health departments to create healthy communities.

For more on the research, contact Abby Lohr: abbylohr@email.arizona.edu

There is a strong body of evidence that Community Health Workers can directly impact health promotion behaviors, chronic disease self-management and positive health outcomes. The AzPRC core research project is focusing further upstream by shining a light on how CHWs can strengthen communication and collaboration between community health centers and county-level community services. Sunset Community Health Center and Yuma County Health Services District as well as El Rio Community Health Center and Pima County Health Department are collaboratively developing a CHW model program in which clinic-based CHWs refer community members to community-based CHWs to extend services beyond the health realm to the broader social determinants of participants’ health. The Arizona Community Health Outreach Worker Association is providing technical assistance in developing the model and training county CHWs.  The AzPRC will track clinical data on referred participants and use surveys to examine impact on health behaviors, wellness, and program exposure.