A Community Health Worker (CHW) collects data and discusses health concerns with individuals and groups. A CHW promotes health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. A CHW serves as a liaison between the community and the healthcare, government and social service systems. These are the people on the front lines, providing support to community members to help them improve their lifestyle and connect them with proper healthcare options. They assist patients with referrals, follow-ups, and completing applications for services.
- Understand spoken information
- Listen to others and ask questions
- Speak clearly
- Read and understand work-related materials
Employers: Some community health workers work in health facilities, others are employed by government agencies and nonprofit groups to provide community organizing in the field.
Education: This program is approved by the NJ Department of Health.
Job Outlook: Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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