Personal Attributes are essential for the success of a CHW as they are an inherent part of the individual and often a reflection of their life experience. Attributes are what the CHW brings to their role before any training begins. Personal attributes are a very important part of what the CHW brings to their role as a CHW; essential to building trusting relationship with the community they serve

Sergio Matos

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Paving a Path to Advance the Community Health Worker Workforce 

Connected to the Community

  • Community member OR have a close understanding of the community they serve
  •  Shared life experiences
  • Desires to help the community

Persistent, Creative and Resourceful 

  • Determined
  • Imaginative
  • Ingenious 


  • Courageous
  • Prudent
  • Temperate
  • Wise 

Empathetic, Caring, Compassionate 

  • Kind
  • Gentle
  • Considerate
  • Sensitive

Open Minded/ Non Judgemental/ Relativistic/Non-Dualistic

  • Unbiased
  • Flexible
  • Tolerant

Honest, Respectful, Patient

  • Sincere
  • Candid
  • Polite
  • Courteous

Dependable, Responsible, Reliable 

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Motivated and capable of self directed work
  • Committed and dedicated

Friendly, Outgoing, Sociable 

  • Gracious
  • Pleasant
  • Responsive
  • Welcoming