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Community Health Workers and Peer Specialists
Key Roles in Addressing Diabetes Control Before and During COVID-19 Health Pandemic

Resource Topic: Emerging Issues, Promising/Best Practices, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Diabetes, COVID-19, Enabling Services (ES), Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Research and Data.

Keywords: Community Health Workers , Community Health Workers, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), Outreach.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Outreach Staff

Language: English

Developed by: Corporation for Supportive Housing (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with MHP Salud.

Resource Summary: This publication showcases the important role of front-line CHW/Peer Specialists in maintaining connections with the community for diabetes control, especially in the time of a health pandemic.

Resource Details: Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Peer Specialists leverage their strong understanding of the community as they advance diabetes care for special and vulnerable populations who may experience barriers to accessing quality health care. It is this understanding of the needs in the local environment that has strengthened the ability of CHWs and Peer Specialists (CHW/Peer Specialists) to implement diabetes care programs and protocols as their communities experienced new demands and challenges as the result of the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis during 2020.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.