Community Health Workers:
Trained community professionals contributing to more responsive, accessible health systems.
When 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 laying the groundwork for policy change to enable CHW certification and more sustainable financing; and
- Supporting the development of the Center for the Community Health Workforce and CHW professional networks.
IPHI Adopts APHA Definition
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 the 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.
IPHI’s Innovative Approach
IPHI provides 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:
- The Center for the Community Health Workforce
- CHW Certification and Related Policy Initiatives
- Community Health Worker Training Program
- RVA Community Cares: The Richmond Accountable Health Community
- RVA Breathes: A Richmond Research Study on Community-Based Pediatric Asthma Interventions
- Care Transitions: Reducing Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Chronic Heart Failure
- HIV/AIDS Early Intervention and Retention in Care
- Positive Pathways – District of Columbia
- Total Health Partners – Prince George’s County, Maryland
- Prevention for Positives (P4P) – Northern/Northwest Virginia
- WeConnect – DC, MD, VA, and WV