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Engaging health workers in team-based care enhances cardiovascular disease prevention

Friday, July 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angie Antonopoulos
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The Community Preventive Services Task Force, which is an independent, non-federal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that provides evidence-based findings and recommendations to improve health, recommends interventions that engage community health workers to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Strong evidence shows the of effectiveness for interventions that engage community health workers in a team-based care model to improve blood pressure and cholesterol in patients at increased risk for CVD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a Community Health Worker Toolkit that state health departments can use to train and build capacity within their communities.  

When these types of models are implemented in minority and underserved areas, studies show they can improve health, reduce health disparities and enhance health equity.

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