For Native American tribes, community health representatives (CHRs) are unique and valued members of the health care system serving their communities.
A recent Northern Arizona University report shows that despite their importance to the community, CHRs face a number of barriers to full integration into the greater health system. These included gaps in communication and information-sharing practices, as well as a lack of understanding of the CHR workforce among health system staff, including health care providers.
Another challenge is that they are unable to accurately evaluate the impact of their activities, as they lack access to effective data management systems.
– The Arizona 100 reports