The NW PA AHEC is an accredited provider of a 100-hour training program in Pennsylvania. If your organization is interested in having a group of employees trained, the CHW Training can be modified to meet the needs of your organization and the community in which you are located.
A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member or has a particularly good understanding of the community served. A CHW serves as a liaison between healthcare and social services and the community to facilitate access to services, to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery, and through these means work to improve the health and wellbeing of members of the community in which they (often live) and work. (CDC)
CHWs might be known by other names, such as promotors de Salud, coaches, lay health advisors, community health representatives, peer mentors, or peer navigators.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) address this root cause by bridging gaps in access, establishing and maintaining connections to preventative medical and dental care, and addressing the stigma that pervades mental health care, particularly among vulnerable populations. All of this rests upon the trust a CHW develops within the community.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2020