A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws – State Law Fact Sheet
This resource presents a summary of states with select CHW laws in effect as of December 2012 and highlights Massachusetts as an example. The scientific evidence base demonstrates the value of CHW services to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs. This evidence supports state initiatives to incorporate CHWs into
the health care delivery system. As states examine strategies to improve health outcomes, reduce health care costs, and reduce health inequities, they can consider using law as a tool to establish sustainable CHW programs, to include creating supportive infrastructure, addressing professional identity, and developing workforce and financing mechanisms.