Community Health Workers

The Community Health Workers Section advocates for and promotes the voice and role of community health worker within public health, the community, and in healthcare settings; as well as contributes to the development of the Community Health Worker role (including Promotores de Salud, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advisors, and other related titles) through policy, development opportunities, and provides a forum to share resources, activities, and strategies nationally. Read more about our Section leadership.

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The CHW Section has adopted the following definition of a community health worker: A community health worker 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 worker 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 community health worker 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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