Community Health Workers (CHWs)
A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs help connect people in their neighborhoods to the health care system. These individuals hold much promise for addressing chronic disease, especially in minority and underserved populations.
Learn more about CHW policy interventions.
Policy Evidence Assessment Reports (PEARs)
The Community Health Worker Policy Evidence Assessment Report assesses the evidence for 14 types of interventions addressed in state CHW laws to inform policy decision makers, researchers, and community and health organizations.
The Policy Evidence Assessment Report What Evidence Supports State Laws to Establish Community Health Worker Scope of Practice and Certification? provides an update to the previous CHW PEAR and assesses evidence for two types of CHW policy interventions addressed in existing state laws to inform state decision makers and public health organizations.
- The Community Guide: Community Health Workersexternal icon
- Best Practices Guide for CVD Prevention: Community Health Workers
- Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit
- National Conference on State Legislators Report: Incorporating Community Health Workers into State Health Care Systems: Options for Policymakers pdf icon[PDF – 3.75 MB]external icon
- Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: Community Health Workers: Roles and Opportunities in Health Care Delivery System Reformpdf iconexternal icon
These resources can help your audiences learn more about CHWs. Share them with peers, advocates, educators, patients, and legislators.
- Connecticut Health Foundation Infographic: A day in the life of a community health workerexternal icon
- Science-in-Brief: Do State Community Health Worker Laws Align with Best Available Evidence? pdf icon[PDF – 352 KB]
- CDC/Network for Public Health Law webinar: Advancing the Community Health Worker Workforce through Law and Policyexternal icon