Current Work:

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are an important stakeholder group in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The core role of many CHWs as an advocate for the patient and for their community must be recognized. It has also been documented that there is a need for standardized curriculum and materials in CHW training, and also a lack of coordinated efforts by agencies using CHWs to establish training programs. This project aims include to develop and implement a structured research training program in PCOR for CHWs, while strengthening the multi-stakeholder group in developing a structured training and state certification program for CHWs. Building on this experience, University of Miami and their stakeholder partners FL CHW Coalition Inc and Health Council of South FL, are developing a PCOR elective module that can be used by CHWs toward their state certification. Through the six regional CHW groups and increasing statewide organizational capacity for CHW utilization, the project is using this program to train 100 Florida CHWs in PCOR by September 2017. A toolkit will then be developed that can be used by groups in other states to develop a similarly structured program, in English, designed for a group of maximum 20 participants per session as to be participatory, with a mix of adult learning strategies using lecturettes, case studies, short videos, role plays and small group work. With the toolkit, this project will develop a cadre of PCOR trained CHWs and facilitate the meaningful involvement of this important stakeholder group in PCOR nationally.

To learn more, visit the University of Miami CTSI CECD Program website, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) website.