Against the backdrop of national health care reform and Kentucky’s physician shortage, this study examined the impact of community health workers (specifically, Kentucky Homeplace) on health disparities in rural, medically underserved areas. Among the conclusions are that community health workers can increase the ability of indigent residents to access health care services and their compliance with physicians’ orders.
Feltner, Frances J.; Wilson, Emery; Whitler, Elmer T.; and Asher, Linda, "Future Role of Community Health Workers for Reducing Health Disparities" (2011). Center of Excellence in Rural Health Presentations. 3.