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Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers and HRSA logos.A 2000 grant from HRSA led to:

  • Founding of Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers
  • Survey report on CHWs in the state, citing them as essential to improving health
  • Amending state contracting policies to require vendors to train and supervise CHWs

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The Massachusetts initiative was spurred by funding from HRSA in 2000, which produced three major results: the beginnings of a statewide CHW association, the production of a survey report that found CHWs to be essential to improving health, and the creation of an amendment to state contracting policies with requirements for CHW training and supervision.