Defining case management and outreach: perspectives from community health workers in New Mexico

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Allyson L. Kelley, Adjunct Instructor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Case management (CM) is increasingly used in community settings to support individuals as they transition from one point in their lives to the next. This study sought to explore the perspectives of front-line Community Health Workers CMs working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The objective of this study was to answer the question ‘How do CHWs define effective CM and outreach?’ A follow-up question was, ‘What are the barriers to conducting CM and outreach?’ Qualitative research methods, Critical Race Theory, and Social Work Theory guided this study. Five CHW CMs participated in a 90-minute focus group. Results present their perspectives on effective CM and outreach. Barriers include limited collaborations, excessive documentation requirements, and communication. Findings demonstrate that what constitutes effective CM and outreach is based on the program and context. Future work must focus on balancing the need for shared definitions and embracing the flexibility required for CMs working on the ground in diverse settings and populations.

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Mayra Perez, Venice Ceballos, Nathaniel Rubio, Jennifer Garcia, Delfino Rubi, Alejandra Cabrera, Kelley Milligan & Allyson Kelley (2024) Defining case management and outreach: perspectives from community health workers in New Mexico, Cogent Social Sciences, 10:1, DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2024.2306921
Language: English
Date: 2024
Qualitative study, focus group, outreach, social work, community health workers, case management

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