Community health worker strategies support the coordinated care and payment reform goals of two new healthcare models in Minnesota: Integrated Health Partnerships–the term that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) uses for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)–and Accountable Communities for Health (ACH). This fact sheet describes both models and identifies the delivery systems that are now implementing these approaches.
“We are excited about the role CHWs can play in improving the health of our community as we embark upon building an Accountable Community for Health. We believe CHWs have a unique and crucial role in addressing barriers that have been challenging for our traditional health care delivery system.”
– Mary Rapps, Program Development Director, Generations Health Care Initiatives, Duluth
“During UCare’s more than 30 years of serving our members’ health care needs, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been invaluable allies helping us bridge cultural and language gaps. Their important work with new Minnesotans and others has increased community understanding of the value of preventive care and how to better manage chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.”
– Ghita Worcester, Senior Vice President Public Affairs and Marketing, UCare, Minneapolis