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Authors

  1. John, Julie St. DrPH, MPH, MA, CHWI
  2. Hernandez-Gordon, Wandy CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLC, CCE, CHW
  3. Martinez, Sahida CHW
  4. Hernandez, Ilda CHW

Abstract

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has adversely impacted vulnerable communities. Community health workers (CHWs) are an evidence-based solution for helping communities navigate challenges and barriers. This case study describes the work of CHWs in a large Hispanic Chicago neighborhood who experienced a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases. Methods included semistructured interviews and conventional qualitative content analysis. Results describe the problem; the situation; CHWs' roles, motivations and actions; outcomes; lessons learned; and recommendations. The case study concludes with a discussion of effective CHW engagement-particularly for underresourced communities-and presents recommendations for CHW workforce development and policies to strengthen the health care and public health systems.