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Community Health Worker/Peer Workforce: Recruiting and Hiring for Social Determinants of Health Screening

Best Practices Guide and Findings from COVID-19 Pandemic

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: MHP Salud (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with CSH , National Health Care for the Homeless Council .

Resource Summary: As our public health community continues to eliminate COVID-19-related disparities and health inequities in general, we can draw upon lessons learned and practices from health centers that have been successful in hiring, training, integrating, and retaining CHWs/Peers, with lived experience, to pave the way for our future work in addressing and eliminating social determinants of health disparities that impact our most vulnerable communities. In this guide, we share best practices around these topics that have been developed through interviews and research, focused on the CHW and Peer role in SDOH screening and addressing related disparities, like impacts of COVID-19.

Resource Details: In this guide, we share best practices in 1) recruiting, hiring, providing professional development, 2) integrating the CHW role, and 3) retaining CHWs and Peers with Lived Experience in an effort to maximize their role in screening for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).

Resource Topic: Promising/Best Practices, , Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Population Health, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Satisfaction, , Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Operational Feasibility, Implementation Feasibility.

Keywords: Community Health Workers, Housing, Residents of Public Housing, Screening.

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