For Solutions, Look to Community Health Workers

In the fight against racism’s damaging effects on health, there is a proven solution: Community Health Workers.

“...the thing we need to solve is injustice,” says Shreya Kangovi, executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers. “We can’t always just have disease-specific interventions–those are treating the symptoms. We have to get close to the root.”

As “trusted, respected people who have had some of the same experiences in life as the people they serve,” CHW are ideally placed to respond—and their recommendations are often better accepted.

CHW pay off economically, too—studies show they lower emergency care costs. And yet, there are only 58,950 CHW in the US.

The missing piece? Financing, Kangovi says.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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