Who are CHWs?
As defined by the American Public Health Association, “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 worker 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 community health worker 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.”