CHW Employer Surveys

MiCHWA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), with funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), partner on a semi-annual survey of Michigan’s CHW programs and employers. The survey’s intent is to better understand the existing CHW employment environment, providing crucial data data to assist state and local officials, health and human service system representatives, and health and human service payer organizations in understanding the growing array of CHW activities statewide to shape our CHW policy and financing agenda in Michigan. All surveys were granted exempt from review status by the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board.

2016 CHW Employer Survey

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Purpose of Survey & Methods
MiCHWA, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated on a second statewide survey for CHW employers in spring 2016.

The survey was designed to answer a number of questions:

  • What type of agencies employ CHWs in Michigan and where are they located?
  • What functions do CHWs serve in Michigan?
  • Who are CHWs in Michigan, in terms of education, training, and demographics?
  • How are CHWs trained in Michigan?
  • How do agencies support CHW employment?
  • To what extent and how are CHW positions sustained in Michigan?
  • How do CHWs contribute to evidence-based lifestyle change programs?
  • How has the CHW field changed in Michigan since 2014?
2014 CHW Program Survey

Download the 2014 CHW Program Survey Reports

Download the Full Report Here
Download the Executive Summary Only Here

Purpose of Survey & Methods
MiCHWA, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated on an initial statewide survey for CHW employers in summer 2014. In July 2014, MiCHWA conducted this survey of employers and managers of CHWs to gain a better understanding of the work CHWs are doing in Michigan, how CHWs and their programs are funded, and what kind of data CHW programs currently collect. The survey was distributed online to program representatives, MiCHWA’s existing database, Web-based media, and mailing lists, and was open to all Michigan-based CHW programs.

The survey was designed to answer a number of questions:

  • Where are CHWs in Michigan and who is employing them?
  • What types of programs are CHWs working in currently?
  • What types of funding mechanisms are currently supporting CHWs and their programs?
  • What barriers do CHW programs have in reaching sustainability?
  • What education do CHWs working in the field have?
  • What additional training needs have employers identified for CHWs?

Why MiCHWA?

MiCHWA works with CHWs and their programs statewide. With a network of over 800 participants, MiCHWA distributed this survey to relevant stakeholders statewide. MiCHWA staff and management team members have extensive experience conducting community-based participatory research, including surveys. As the research arm of MiCHWA, the Evaluation Advisory Board, oversaw the project and worked directly with the MDHHS Survey Team.

Why MDHHS?

The MDHHS Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit sought to complete a statewide assessment of CHWs as part of their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant (CDC-RFA-DP13-1305). This created a natural collaborative opportunity for MiCHWA and MDHHSto work together on the survey in both 2014 and 2016.

2012 CHW Employer Survey
In 2012, MiCHWA launched a small-scale employer survey to assess the CHW field. This survey, though preliminary, provided valuable insight on the environment at the time.

Download the 2012 CHW Employer Survey Here