Information about CHW Associations is broken down into multiple categories:
- The organizational scope, whether local, state, or regional
- Whether they offer job boards/postings, meetings, provide a resource portfolio, have an online presence (e.g., website or social media), and/or deliver CHW training.
- Whether they offer paid memberships for individuals, organizations, both, or neither
- Affiliated organizations, such as if the CHW Association is housed within a larger organization
Additionally, each association is listed along with their mission statement and website in the Table of Community Health Worker Associations below the map. Asterisks next to CHW Associations denote that a mission statement was not located, and language was approximated from elsewhere on the association’s website.
A Note on State Characteristics…
Community Health Worker state certification is an official credential that demonstrates a CHW has fulfilled predetermined requirements. CHW certification is voluntary in most states. However, in select states certification is mandatory for a CHW to practice or receive Medicaid reimbursement. State certification is typically run by the state health department, and in some cases in partnership with CHW associations and/or local training providers. State certification differs from receiving a certificate of completion from a training program. For this map, only those states with an official state certification program have been counted. Additionally, because of the increased attention of state Medicaid reimbursement as a method to finance CHW services, it has been featured as a characteristic. The following state characteristics are included in the map:
- Whether the state offers certification
- The certifying body is in the state (if applicable)
- Whether the state offers Medicaid reimbursement
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