Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Center

The Department of Public Health has a long history of supporting and promoting the CHW workforce in Massachusetts. In 1995, DPH convened an internal CHW Task Force to investigate the current and potential impacts of CHWs on the health care system. The Task Force surveyed the CHW workforce and developed recommendations for how DPH can support and promote CHW programs at its community-based vendors. Five years later, DPH received a federal infrastructure grant to continue its work in supporting a sustainable CHW workforce in MA. With this funding DPH published a report on CHWs in MA, helped organize MACHW, and developed policy recommendations for a sustainable CHW workforce. In 2007, the Department's chronic disease management RFRs required grantees to use a CHW model of service delivery.

DPH CHW Programs and Initiatives

Community Health Workers: Essential to Improving Health in Massachusetts (2005)

DPH Programs that Use CHWs

  • Community-based Primary Care
  • Division of TB Prevention and Control
  • DV Crisis and Outreach Services for GLBT Communities
  • Early Intervention Partnership Programs
  • Environmental Health Outreach and Education
  • Family Initiatives
  • HIV/AIDS Bureau
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • MA Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Project
  • MA Youth Violence Prevention Program
  • Men's Health
  • Prevention
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health Program
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services
  • Suicide Prevention Program
  • WIC
  • Women's Health Network

This information is provided by the Office of Community Health Workers within the Department of Public Health.