Community Health Worker (CHW)

What is CHW?

According to the American Public Health Association, 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 link between health or 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.

CHWs have other titles such as health worker, outreach worker, community health outreach worker, public health aide, case manager/case worker, and counselor/peer counselor.

Learn more by watching Am I a Community Health Worker?

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