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What is a Community Health Worker?

What is a Community Health Worker?

A Community Health Worker (CHW) serves as a liaison between the medical and social services entities and the community residents. They advocate for change, improve access to the quality of care, and cultural competency of services delivered.

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, education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

Although responsibilities vary, here are examples of potential tasks completed by community health workers:

  • Assist in finding and establishing a relationship with medical and behavioral health services.
  • Act as a liaison between various providers and their patients.
  • Help navigate the health insurance system.
  • Find basic resources for patients.
  • Provide support during pregnancy and patients with chronic disease.

More about Care Coordination

Become a Community Health Worker

Health Care Access Now delivers an approved training program and is a leader in developing Community Health Workers in Cincinnati. Our 12 and 14 week training programs will give you the skills you need to provide community based Care Coordination to those most at risk for poor health outcomes. View or download the Program Brochure.

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