Date of Graduation

Winter 12-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

First Advisor

Dr. Jo Loomis

Second Advisor

Dr. Joshua Cleary


Background: Childhood obesity, asthma, and untreated mental health conditions are three examples of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNDs) that pose a host of negative consequences later in life. Minority children from low-income families, especially those with environmental disadvantages, face additional risk factors for the development of these diseases. Community health workers (CHWs) are in a unique position to help address these negative health externalities by being attuned with the linguistic, cultural, and socioemotional needs of members of their communities. Research has demonstrated success in CHW-led interventions curtailing the negative impacts associated with these diseases in low-income, minority communities.

Methods: A literature review was conducted to investigate the efficacy of CHW interventions in improving outcomes related to pediatric CNDs. Databases utilized to obtain peer-reviewed research included PubMed and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL).

Results: Ultimately, N = 13 studies pertaining to pediatric CNDs met inclusion criteria and were analyzed and discussed. The literature demonstrates that CHW-led interventions result in meaningful improvements in health outcomes related to pediatric CNDs.

Conclusion: CHW-led interventions, specifically home assessments and visits, are vital tools that can improve the quality of life and reduce morbidity and mortality among low-income community members living with CNDs.