What is a Community Health Worker?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a person who connects individuals to needed health care and social services. A CHW is a trusted member of the community, with a close understanding of the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community they serve. CHWs can work in health care systems, with community organizations, or as volunteers to expand knowledge and access to available health resources. CHWs are also referred to as promotores.
For additional information, visit: https://www.apha.org/apha-communities/member-sections/community-health-workers.
What do CHWs do?
CHWs can have a variety of roles within the community. Examples include:
What are other names for CHWs?
CHWs and Promotores de Salud are the titles used by the Texas DSHS certification program, but CHWs can work under a variety of job titles, including those listed here: http://www.cachw.org/chw-job-titles/.
How much do CHWs make?
CHW salaries vary by region and employer. Within the A&M system, CHWs are paid between $16-$18/hour on average.
Where are CHWs employed?
In 2020, Texas Department of State Health Services surveyed CHW employers: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/2020-CHW-Employer-Survey-Results_External.pdf The top 3 employers were:
What does it mean to be a certified CHW instructor in the state of Texas?
In order to receive compensation as a CHW or CHW Instructor in the state of Texas, you must be certified by the Department of State Health Services’ CHW/Promotor/a/x Training OR CHWI/Instructor de Promotor/a/x Training and Certification Programs. You can be certified as a CHW or CHW Instructor in one of two ways:
To become certified, you must apply to the Department of State Health Services. There is no cost for certification.
What are the core competencies?
The NCHWTC’s certification courses cover all eight core competencies in accordance to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
What does it mean for CHW instructors to have an institutional affiliation?
The state of Texas requires that CHW instructors have an affiliation with a certified training center in order to deliver certified training courses. CHW instructors must be listed as an affiliated instructor with a certified training center in order to deliver training to CHWs or CHW instructors that counts as certified continuing education. For that reason, the NCHWTC strongly encourages students interested in the CHW instructor course to arrange an affiliation prior to completing the certification.