Report will be subject of public meeting of New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC) on June 28, 2013

Boston, Mass., May 24, 2013 – The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has posted the draft report “Community Health Workers: A Review of Program Evolution, Evidence on Effectiveness and Value, and Status of Workforce Development in New England.” This report will be the subject of deliberation and vote at the next public meeting of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC) on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Portland, ME. The report prepared for CEPAC includes a systematic review of published literature, budget impact analyses for alternative implementation scenarios, and results from surveys and interviews with leading policy experts in the field.

This report aims to help members of CEPAC, and the public, understand the latest evidence on the effectiveness and value of community health workers and provide guidance to stakeholders on potential “best practice” options for implementation of CHW programs in New England. The report will be available for public comment until Monday, June 24, 2013. The CEPAC website contains instructions for those wishing to submit written comments on the draft report, and those requesting the opportunity to deliver public comments at the meeting.
Meeting Details
Date: Friday, June 28, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00PM ET
Location: MaineHealth Conference Room
110 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101

Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting must register by June 18, 2013 by visiting the CEPAC event website.

CEPAC is a regional body whose goal is to provide objective, independent guidance on the application of medical evidence to clinical practice and payer policy decisions across New England. Initially supported by a federal grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and with backing from a consortium of New England state health policy leaders, CEPAC holds public meetings to consider evidence reviews of medical procedures and broader models for care delivery, and provide judgments regarding how the evidence can best be used across New England to improve the quality and value of healthcare services. CEPAC consists of practicing physicians with experience in evaluating and using evidence in the practice of healthcare, methodological experts, and patient/public members with experience in health policy, patient advocacy and public health. ICER manages the day-to-day operations of CEPAC with the input of a multi-stakeholder Advisory Board. A list of CEPAC members and Advisory Board members, as well as other information about the project, is available online at

About ICER
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), based at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute for Technology Assessment (ITA) and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, provides independent evaluation of the clinical effectiveness and comparative value of new and emerging technologies. Structured as a fully transparent organization, ICER seeks to achieve its ultimate mission of informing public policy and spurring innovation in the use of evidence to improve the value of health care for all.