Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

CHWs make an impact in Kansas as they decrease challenges that keep everyone from living a healthy life and provide them access to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice.

  1. Train
  2. Deploy
  3. Engage

Train CHWs with knowledge, roles and skills

  • Increased, skills/capacity/roles to support COVID-19 public health response and chronic disease prevention.
  • Increase reach of Community Health Workers influenced qualification efforts among populations of focus.
  • Decrease impact of COVID-19 and chronic disease in high risk populations. Increase community flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.