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 empowermentinitiatives. 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”.**
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.
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.
Community Outreach Program Implementation: Effective outreach is a key component of promoting your nonprofit services and our proven outreach program can be personalized to your program type to help you start an outreach program.