Community Health Aide Program Study

Beth Landon, MBA, MHA
Mariko Selle, BS
Sanna Doucette, BA
Jenny Loudon, MPA

This research project was funded entirely by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) Directors' Association served as the Advisory Committee for the project and, in this capacity, advised and oversaw methodology development and data collection. Later, they reviewed findings and approved the final document for dissemination. Finally, researchers from Texas A&M University's Southwest Rural Health Research Center conducted an Alaska site visit during the project's planning phase and participated in methodology development.

The Alaska Center for Rural Health was responsible for conducting the Alaska portion of the qualitative study. The purpose of this project was to identify the factors that contribute to Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHA/P) retention and attrition, with an emphasis on the influence of CHA/P support structures within the community, including family, colleagues, and employers.