Community Health Workers
CHWs and CHW Supporters - WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are launching a national campaign to ask the US Department of Labor to adopt the APHA definition of community health workers (CHWs) that was created by CHWs and their supporters from all over the country. Click here for more information! CHWSectionpolicyupdate62714.docx
CHWs - click here CHWSectionmeetingscholarshipapplication.docx to apply for a scholarship for the 2014 conference!
The Community Health Workers (CHW) Section seeks to promote the community's voice within the health care system through development of the role of Community Health Workers (including Promotores de Salud, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advisors and related titles) and provides a forum to share resources and strategies.
The CHW Section has adopted the following definition of the CHW:
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
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