Community Health Worker Workforce
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According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), "Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables a 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. CHWs also build 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."

 

Community health workers (CHWs) are considered, but not limited to, community health aides, outreach workers, promotores de salud, peer health educators, and lay health advisors. CHWs play a vital role in the health care workforce.

 

CHWs continue to gain national and international recognition as valuable, if not essential, members of the health care workforce. As recent literature attests, (we should hyperlink to said literatureCHWs are effective in facilitating access to care, improving chronic disease management, patient and community advocacy, as well as reducing unnecessary emergency room use.

 

As various entities continue to stress the importance of CHWs, NWRPCA understands that community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs) play a critical role in developing, integrating, and sustaining coordinated CHW programs. As leaders of primary care innovation, patient-centeredness, and team-based care, health centers are most appropriately and uniquely positioned to support the emerging CHW workforce.

 

NWRPCA provides coordinated trainings and peer networking opportunities for CHWs, technical support for grants focused on CHW interventions, education to state and federal officials about the roles and impact of CHWs, and CHW-focused sessions at the annual Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health. NWRPCA leverages its partnerships for much of the work with and for CHWs and CHCs both regionally and nationally.


  • Research, data collection, and publications
  • Conference sessions and/or other trainings
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Participation in national/state efforts
  • Partnership building

We need more content to substantiate our work in this arena. Seth, would you be able to briefly elaborate on each of the bullet points? 2-3 sentences for each would be great. 

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