A Community Health Worker is a frontline person who works in the community assisting families and individuals to move towards interdependency to achieve their goals and obtain a healthier life style. CHW's are recognized by various job titles such as: health advocates; family health promoters; community advocates; lay health workers; neighborhood representatives; allied health professionals; health project counselors; para-professionals; outreach workers; etc.
CHW's assist people navigate the complex health care system, and at the same time, they help improve the cultural competence of the organization that employs them. As trusted members of their clients, communities, CHW's help reduce the demand on overburdened providers by promoting healthy behaviors and guiding people to gain access to and use the health care system appropriately and effectively. CHW's help clients become aware of health conditions early, when treatment is most effective. CHW's also facilitate clients, access to preventive services and care, such as emergency food, clothing, shelter, child care, domestic violence, HIV testing, physical and sexual abuse.
CHW's work in collaboration with teams of interdisciplinary professionals to provide quality care in both health and social service areas. The wide ranging professional work of CHW's prevents many of the underserved population from falling through the cracks resulting in many unmet social, psychological and medical needs. CHW's provide referrals to community resources, healthcare and social services to provide a better quality of life for those they serve.
CHW's provide this service by outreaching to families and individuals in the community. CHW's receive referrals to families and individuals identified by doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, case managers, clergy, and community leaders. CHW's also locate and outreach to the isolated and unidentified population of the community to bring resources to those in need, as well as refer and get them to social and medical care in their area.
CHWAR believes in promoting recognition for all CHW's as professionals, building collaboration between CHWs, Health & Human Service agencies.
Educating and increasing community awareness of the importance and benefits outreach and the role CHW's play in improving public health.
Our association members are CHWAR's backbone and continued voice that motivates & inspires our purpose and drive.
CHWAR is dedicated to its Community Health Workers, believing in all they do; how they do it and how very important they are to each and every community