The Community Health Workers (CHW) Section seeks to promote the community’s voice within the health care system through development of the role of Community Health Workers (including Promotores de Salud, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advisors and related titles) and provides a forum to share resources and strategies.
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 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 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.
Self determination has been the theme & drum beat of CHW led movements
Kujichagulia – To Define Ourselves, Name Ourselves, Create for Ourselves and Speak for Ourselves (Unity 2016)
Carol West APHA CHW Section Councilor