American Public Health Association’s definition of CHW says:
“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 often lives and spends much of their time in the community they serve, connecting individuals and local groups with health professionals and organizations through a variety of programs aimed to increase peoples access to health information and care. In a regular day, they might be visiting homes speaking to people, traveling to nursing homes or participating in community wellness activities.
Employment opportunities to become a CHWs are available in the private sector, health centers, government agencies, hospitals and non-profit organizations to provide communities with preventive care, general health services or a specific health initiative.