“Nos apoyamos mutuamente”: Strategies to supporting community health workers addressing the emergency and chronic needs of Latinx families.

Publication date: Mar 07, 2024

Community health workers (CHWs) have established pathways to implementing effective, sustainable, and cost-effective health programs among underserved populations. Despite the significant role of CHWs, there is limited literature describing the needs of CHWs, specifically in times of health emergencies and crises. Thus, we explored the challenges and sources of support among CHWs providing services to Latinx families. Participants were recruited from a Latinx community-based organization in metro Atlanta, working to strengthen family relationships using evidence-based programming. Fifteen semistructured interviews were conducted among CHWs. Interviews were conducted primarily in Spanish, recorded, transcribed, and translated into English for analysis. Following a thematic analysis, data were double-coded, and codes were described and compared for themes. Participants identified as Latinx (n = 15), were between the ages of 29 and 69 years, and had worked as CHWs between 1 month to 4 years. Two themes and seven subthemes were identified in the data. Theme 1 highlighted barriers and strategies employed by CHWs to address clients’ preexisting and emerging needs, and Theme 2 focused on responding to client needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, which introduced new challenges and barriers that provoked adaptive organizational strategies to promote worker resilience. Addressing the needs of vulnerable communities in times of crisis to improve the working conditions for CHWs will require a multifaceted approach that prioritizes the removal of structural barriers. Barriers can be mitigated by prioritizing cultural assets, adopting flexible and equitable work policies, and enacting policies at the federal level that promote health justice. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2024 APA, all rights reserved).

Concepts Keywords
Month Addressing
Pandemic Analysis
Spanish Barriers
Therapy Based
Underserved Chws
Community
Conducted
Effective
Families
Interviews
Latinx
Participants
Themes
Workers
Working

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH emergency
disease VO effective
disease VO organization
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO Apa

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