Community Health Workers: Trained community professionals contributing to more responsive, accessible health systems.

IPHI is one of the DC-Maryland-Virginia region’s leading partners in the development, coordination, and evaluation of Community Health Worker (CHW) initiatives.

Positive Pathways trainingWhen effectively designed and implemented, CHW programs can be an important aspect of community-based public health and healthcare systems. IPHI is engaged in a range of activities including:

  • Conducting CHW and clinical care team training programs;
  • Designing, coordinating and evaluating CHW programs;
  • Building awareness about the value of CHWs across the community;
  • Working with a variety of partners to grow and sustain the CHW workforce and CHW services, including supporting effective CHW certification and more sustainable financing; and
  • Supporting the development of the Center for the Community Health Workforce and CHW professional networks.

IPHI has adopted the American Public Health Association (APHA) definition of a CHW. As trusted members of the localities in which they work, CHWs serve as liaisons between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs also build 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.

Our Approach

We provide comprehensive training and support of both CHWs and the clinical and community-based teams into which CHWs are integrated. When possible, we provide trainings at a community-level – across service providers – and provide overarching coordination, support, and evaluation to help change entire systems of care.  Examples of our work can be found by clicking on the links below:

For more information about our Community Health Worker Initiatives contact us at 202.747.4120 or via email at