Other Organizations that Employ CHWs
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Not all organizations that employ CHWs are directly involved in health care.
Other organizations that employ CHWs include:
- Non-health care agencies such as:
- Early childhood education (Head Start)
- Parenting and child abuse prevention
- Emergency preparedness programs
- Services for formerly incarcerated individuals and families of those currently incarcerated
- Employee benefits programs in large companies or institutions
Not all organizations that employ CHWs are directly involved in health care, and it is important to remember that these organizations may also be interested in policy and systems changes that affect the employment of CHWs. Head Start, for example, employs a category of workers known by various titles, such as “family support worker,” who may meet the CHW definition. Emergency preparedness programs would benefit from the capabilities of CHWs as trusted communicators in specific communities. Large employers in other industries and labor unions have shown some interest in controlling health benefits costs by employing CHWs to work with their employees.