Official Definitions of CHW
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Definitions of CHWs can be found in the following national sources.
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- U.S. Department of Labor
- Department of State Health Services
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) CHW National Workforce Study
We will now briefly review a definition of CHWs from the American Public Health Association, or “APHA,” one of the four sources of official definitions listed on this slide. The four definitions are very similar; after reviewing the APHA definition we will look at common elements among them.