What does a Community Health Worker do?
Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who develop a relationship with the communities they serve, allowing them to function as a connector between community members and health or social services. CHWs facilitate access to resources and improve cultural competence of services provided. They work alongside many individual and community developers to deliver and promote community empowerment and social justice. CHWs work in a variety of geographic and cultural settings. Many CHWs have similar or shared life experiences with the communities they serve.
Types of Work Environments
- Community health centers
- Faith-based organizations
- Non-profit organizations
- Private clinics
- Public health clinics
- Public housing organizations
- Sponsoring agencies
Education and training requirements
High school diploma or G.E.D. with additional training. Some employers require a college degree. Certification may be required or preferred.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for Community Health Workers is approximately $46,590 per year.
- Explore what Community Health Worker programs the Cleveland Clinic is affiliated with.