UMMS Affiliation

Commonwealth Medicine, Center for Health Law and Economics



Document Type

Technical Report


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Economics | Health Law and Policy | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research


UMass Medical School health policy experts have developed sustainable financing models for the state of Maine to support four community health worker (CHW) interventions that focus on patients with the greatest, and most costly, health care needs.

The report examines academic literature documenting results obtained by CHW interventions in other parts of the country, calculates the outcomes that could be achieved if the same interventions were implemented in Maine, and provides budget specifications needed to achieve those outcomes

Using actual population and cost data from Maine, interviews with Maine CHWs and features of CHW interventions operating in other states, the team constructed four cost-effective models that target specific health concerns in different Maine counties. These models can be used by community-based organizations, health care providers, public and private payers, and others to develop sustainable CHW interventions throughout the state of Maine.


Client/Partner: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Maine, community health workers, financing models



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