Housed at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, the Center for Community Health Alignment has a strong understanding of health equity and the impact social determinants play on health. Based on that understanding, the Center prioritizes constant involvment in catalyzing positive change. The Center for Community Health Alignment is committed to your mission, “Workiing Together to Achieve Equitable Health.”

The CHW model

Resources found within the CHW Model section are meant to provide a better understanding of the role of Community Health Workers and the various iterations of the Community Health Worker Model

What is a CHW?

This video gives viewers a basic description of community health workers as well as what their roles and competencies are based on the nationally recognized Community Health Worker Core Consensus Project

What are community health workers, and why are they becoming so important?

This article sheds light on how the community health worker role is defined and why it is important for health systems that wish to minimize hospitalizations.

Pure CHW Awesomeness in South Carolina

This article gives further insight regarding what a community health worker is and brings attention to the story of a Community Health worker and doula in South Carolina

Elevate Health’s Pathways Community Hub achieves certification enhancing the community health workforce

This article contains information describing centralized resources “for at-risk populations who have health care and social service needs” that are provided through a care coordination model leveraging community health workers.

New Hampshire’s Hub and Spoke Model

This article details the CHW “Hub and Spoke” model being utilized by New Hampshire  addiction treatment providers

Community-Based Maternal Support Services: The Role of Doulas and Community Health Workers in Medicaid

This article highlights the importance of identifying ways in which innovative models of maternity care and support services are
being implemented.

CHW evidence

Resources found within the CHW Evidence section highlight supporting arguments for the CHW Model and the substantial positive impact it has when utilized.

Home Visit Intervention Promotes Lifestyle Changes: Results of an RCT in Mexican America

This resource details a community health worker outreach based intervention plan that resulted in increased physical activity among those living with obesity.

Making the Business Case: Community Health Workers Bridge Health Care Gap

This brief video from the CDC makes the business case for why the community health worker model can be used in efforts to effectively bridge the health care gap

How Community Health Workers can Help Improve Outcomes, Cut Costs

This article from the American Medical Association highlights the positive impact of CHWs on not only the health outcomes of individuals in the community, but also on the financial outcomes for health care teams

Health Payer Intelligence: Community Health Workers Fill Gaps in Rural Healthcare

This article brings attention to the health care challenges that rural communities face and how leveraging community health workers in rural communities can help address those challenges.

How New Mexico's Community Health Workers Are Helping to Meet Patients' Needs

This resource sheds light on a case study describing how the CHW model is being utilized in New Mexico to meet the needs of patients.

Building Partnerships to Improve Health in the Rural South: CareSouth Carolina

This case study is the second in a series profiling how primary care clinics — federally qualified health centers, independent clinics, and clinics that are part of large health systems — are meeting the needs of patients with low incomes.

Community Engagement, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity

Resources found within the CHW Evidence section highlight supporting arguments for the CHW Model and the substantial positive impact it has when utilized.

Perceptions and determinants of partnership trust in the context of Community-Based Participatory Research

This article, published in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, gives readers insight on developing trust with communities in the context of Community Based Participatory Research

How 17 Outsize Portraits Rattled a Small Southern Town

This New York times article covers the story of how 17 large portraits inspired much needed conversations about the embrace of change and celebration of diversity.

6 Montgomery County projects aimed at preventing infant deaths
This news article provides background on various projects that use community-based methods to decrease infant mortality and narrow the health disparity between black infants and white infants in Ohio.

Rural-Urban Differences In Severe Maternal Morbidity And Mortality In The US, 2007–15
This research article shed’s light on the disparity between maternal morbidity and mortality for urban residents and rural residents and how social determinants of health such as transportation, racism, and trauma contribute to this disparity.

Delaware Mini-grants for Community-based Organizations
This article provides a brief glimpse at how 6 Delaware community based organizations are using resources to address challenges connected to women’s wellness, domestic violence, maternal and child health, and multi-cultural affairs, in an effort to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Community Health & Reduce Costs
This link provides access to an infographic created by the National Institute for Health Care Management that displays eye-opening statistics related to social determinants of health and how they impact overall health outcomes and overall costs in healthcare.

Redefining Health for the Well-being of Children
This article gives a more in depth look at the Social Determinants of Health by describing what they are, why it is important to pay attention to them, and how they impact children in the U.S.

Dissemination as Dialogue: Building Trust and Sharing Research Findings Through Community Engagement
This CDC Article addresses the importance of community engagement in address health issues and factors that are important to consider in order to make community engagement possible.