The healthcare system has run into a wall of mistrust. Community Health Workers (CHWs) - folks from the community who help with preventive and community health - can create more trust, but have only been provided with limited support to create that trust.
We believe a new and larger role for CHW's can provide transformative social and health outcomes for the community by building, sustaining, and deserving trust. A new role for academic experts means that responsive engagement replaces top-down directions and that the experts can help support and celebrate the creativity in the community. An expanded role for faith-based partnerships means that better health can be tied to the mental, physical, and spiritual health of every individual and the community as a whole. A new strategy for sustaining the business model through long-term outcomes-based payments means that CHWs can work for good pay as health advocates.