This policy brief outlines what Community Health Workers are, why they are so integral to their community, and their role in health reform implementation.
Gretchen Hansen, Health Advocate Coordinator, and Salishan Community Health Advocates Shelly Weiss & Lydia Ortiz present on Community Health Workers in Housing at the 2013 Joint Conference on Health.
Connect To These Resources:Joint Conference on Health CHW Presentation_2013.pdf
One page document created by the Salishan Community Health Advocates, in partnership with Foundation for Healthy Generations highlighting the strategies for building leadership.
Connect To These Resources:Strategies for Building Leaders_Salishan Association.pdf
Community Health Workers play a unique role in promoting well-being in our communities, this document outlines the core values of Community Health Workers as defined by the American Association of Community Health Workers
Connect To These Resources:Core Values of CHWs_American Association of Community Health Workers.pdf
Connect To These Resources:Salishan Health Advocates Final Report 2012.pdf
PowerPoint presentation highlighting Community Health Workers (CHWs) in housing and how to build healthy communities from the ground up.
Connect To These Resources:CHWs in Housing.pdf
Connect To These Resources:An Inside-Out Approach to Health Promotion.pdf
This paper outlines the goals and rationales of developing a Community Health Worker (CHW) Workforce in Washington State, highlighting work plans, network development & infrastructure, and information from other states to provide a summary of paths and timelines for building a CHW workforce.
Connect To These Resources:Building A Community Health Worker Workforce in Washington State_2014.pdf
The time is opportune for Washington State to develop and grow its community health worker (CHW) workforce. CHWs are frontline public health workers who help individuals and communities overcome barriers to health care and health status improvement. They speak the same language and belong to the same culture as the communities they serve. As trusted community members, CHWs leverage peer-to-peer relationships to: (1) create more effective linkages between communities and health care systems, (2) provide health education and information, (3) assist and advocate for underserved individuals to receive appropriate services, (4) provide informal counseling, (5) directly address basic needs, and (6) build community capacity to address health issues.
Connect To These Resources:2013 CHW Executive Summary_Healthy Gen.pdf
Community health workers (CHWs) are known by many alternative names, including outreach workers, promotores(as) de salud, patient navigators, community health representatives, community health advisors, as well as other titles. Regardless of their title, CHWs are frontline workers who help individuals to improve their health. The CHW model is founded on natural helping systems within communities and is based on peer-to-peer relationships rather than provider-client relationships.