Diabetes Management: Interventions Engaging Community Health Workers
Description of Resource:
After conducting a systematic review of 44 published studied, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends interventions that engage community health workers to help patients manage their diabetes. Community health workers are frontline public health workers who serve as a bridge between underserved communities and health care systems. They typically are from or have a unique understanding of the community served. Recommended interventions include education, coaching, or social support to improve diabetes testing and monitoring, medication adherence, diet, physical activity, or weight management. Community health workers can deliver these services and program content through one-on-one interactions or group sessions, which take place in patients’ homes or community or clinical settings. Community health workers may work alone or as part of an intervention team comprised of clinicians, counselors, or other health professionals.