Nonprofits

Why Community Health Workers?
News, Case Studies & Research
Products to Support Nonprofits

Community Health Workers at Nonprofits

Community Health Workers can work to address a variety of health issues and community support needs, and they take many different approaches to promoting health. Community Health Workers and Community Health Worker programs can support nonprofits in accomplishing the following goals:
  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to a community.
  • Facilitate community development through empowerment initiatives. Community Health Workers are members of a community who are trained to support their peers on a range issues.
  • Allow an organization to reach underserved or at risk populations and improve access to services within a community.
  • Facilitate sustainable change by finding solutions for the community, from the community.

Why Community Health Workers?

Community Health Worker programs have been found to help their community overcome “geographic, cultural, linguistic and other barriers that underserved populations often face in access to and receipt of quality care” and “promote reductions in health disparities“. They can also “promote advocacy by building individual and community capacity for change” by collecting data related to community health needs, advocating for the enforcement or development of public or institutional policies that address individual or community needs, and “engaging community members to build knowledge and skills for self-directed change and community development“.*
Programs with Community Health Workers have effectively been used to provide “culturally appropriate and accessible health education and information” as well as informal counseling and social support “by listening to the concerns of patients and their family members and helping them solve problems”.**

News, Case Studies & Research

Food Pantry

York Pantry Launches Community Health Worker Program
Community Health Workers help a local community agency address more than just food security in their community.

Products to Support Nonprofits

The following are products that we feel are particularly useful tools for nonprofits, however, if you aren’t finding what you are looking for, please take a look at our complete product list.
Consulting Services
  • Make Technology Work for Me: Support in evaluating your current use of technology, identifying strategies for making these tools work better, and finding the right technologies to work for you.
  • Community Assessment Package: Our community assessment package provides you with all the support you need to efficiently and effectively conduct a needs assessment in your community.
  • Grant Proposal Review Package: Put our successful grant experience to work for you with support to make your grant proposal as effective as possible.
  • Strategic Planning Package: We provide all the tools and support you need to effectively undertake strategic planning.
Training Services
  • Community Health Worker Core Competencies Training: Whether you are preparing to launch your Community Health Worker program or want to reinforce the skills of Community Health Workers in an existing program, these training modules cover key knowledge areas to prepare Community Health Workers for success in a range of settings.
  • Community Health Worker Program-Specific Training: Pick the Community Health Worker program focus that matches your goals and we provide all the training you need to get started.
  • Supervisor Essential Skills Training: These training modules provide the skills needed to design, evaluate, and supervise Community Health Worker programs.
  • Administrator Training: We offer a range of in-depth training modules on Community Health Worker programs, Community Assessments and Strategic Planning to provide administrators with the tools that they need to make organizational decisions and implement change.
Program Design & Implementation

 

*Taking Innovation to Scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim, California Health Workforce Alliance.
**Addressing Chronic Disease through Community Health Workers, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.