Impact of CHW Certification on Team Climate in Texas - Grandfathering versus State Certified Training
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 and 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 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 completed 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.
Kreglo, Brenna and Siemon, Mark, "Impact of CHW Certification on Team Climate in Texas - Grandfathering versus State Certified Training" (2016). 2016 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. Paper 5.