In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed landmark legislation defining Oregon's approach to health care reform. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), under House Bill 3650, Section 13, established a public process to inform the development of an Oregon Integrated and Coordinated Health Care Delivery System.
Additionally, the legislation mandated the OHA, in consultation with the appropriate health professional regulatory boards and advocacy groups, to develop and establish a plan for integrating community health workers, personal health navigators and peer wellness specialists (referred to collectively as Traditional Health Workers) into Oregon's Health System Transformation process.
As such, the Traditional Health Worker subcommittee was convened by the Oregon Health Policy Board to develop recommendations for integrating NTHWs into the CCO model. The Subcommittee, convened in September 2011, met over a five-month period to develop their recommendations. A draft of their report is available online.
As trusted community members who also understand health issues and the health care system, THWs are uniquely positioned to work with communities to identify and address the underlying causes of health problems. It is hoped that incorporating these THWs into Oregon's health systems transformation will assist in resolving persistent health inequities and addressing their underlying causes.
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