Impact of CHW Certification on Team Climate in Texas – Grandfathering Versus State Certified TrainingAmerican Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo (2016)
Purpose: This study compared the perceptions of team climate among Texas Community Health Workers (CHWs) who were certified based on experience or grandfathering to those who had completed a CHW certification program from a post-secondary institution such as a community college, technical school, or other state-certified training programs in Texas. Methods: Study participants were recruited though emails from the Texas Department of State Health Services and other organizations that use CHWs as well as snowball sampling. CHW's perception of team climate was assessed using the Team Climate Inventory Short Form (TCI-SF) which consists of 19 questions related to four factors: Participation, Support for Innovation, Team Objectives, and Task Orientation (Kivimäki and Elovainio, 1999). Results: No significant differences were found for independent demographic variables (i.e., age, gender, work experience, team tenure) between the two study groups. Results of non-parametric tests for the survey data found no significant differences in mean TCI-SF scores between the two groups. Clinical Relevance This research found that there were no significant differences in the perceptions of team climate between CHWs who are certified through a grandfathering process (i.e., prior work experience) and those who have complete a state CHW certification training program in Texas. The study suggests that both methods of certification resulted in similar perceptions of team climate among CHWs working in health care settings. Additional research on the integration of CHWs into existing health care teams is needed to ensure quality outcomes and improvements in population health.
- community health workers and promoters
Publication DateNovember 1, 2016
Citation InformationMark Siemon and Brenna Kreglo. "Impact of CHW Certification on Team Climate in Texas – Grandfathering Versus State Certified Training" American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo (2016)
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