Welcome to the Community Health Worker Association Map & Directory

The Community Health Worker Association and State Certification Map is an up-to-date and interactive map visualization of known CHW Associations and CHW state certification programs in the United States. This information on the map was last updated in November 2020. Beneath the map, there is a directory of known CHW associations, their website, and mission statement.

Community Health Worker Associations are local, state, or regional organizations that advocate for CHWs and provide training, resources, and/or networking opportunities.

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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

Notice something we got wrong? Tell us! Correct information on this map an on the table below by emailing trainers@mhpsalud.org

Directory of CHW Associations

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Arizona Community Health Worker Association The Arizona Community Health Worker Association was founded in 2001 with the mission to “provide a forum for community health workers to inform and unite culturally diverse community health workers of all disciplines, and to strengthen the professional development of the field through resource sharing and collaborative opportunities with community, government, health, and educational institutions.” Click Here
Arkansas Community Health Worker Association The Arkansas Community Health Worker Association was founded in 2015 with the mission to “support Arkansas community health workers in promoting improvements in health and health care.” Click Here
Alliance of Colorado Community Health Workers, Patient Navigatores and Promotores de Salud* The Alliance of Colorado Community Health Workers, Patient Navigatores and Promotores de Salud was founded to “reduce and eliminate barriers to quality health care both within health systems and the community; reduce disparities in health outcomes; and foster ongoing health equity.” Click Here

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California Association of Community Health Workers

The California Association of Community Health Workers was founded with the mission to “value and promote the Community Health Worker model; the heart of which is the “espíritus de servicio” and to support the career development of the people in the many different job titles (More than 100…) that comprise the Community Health Worker workforce.”

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Arizona Community Health Worker Association

The Arizona Community Health Worker Association was founded in 2001 with the mission to “provide a forum for community health workers to inform and unite culturally diverse community health workers of all disciplines, and to strengthen the professional development of the field through resource sharing and collaborative opportunities with community, government, health, and educational institutions.”

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Arkansas Community Health Worker Association

The Arkansas Community Health Worker Association was founded in 2015 with the mission to “support Arkansas community health workers in promoting improvements in health and health care.”

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
California Association of Community Health Workers The California Association of Community Health Workers was founded with the mission to “value and promote the Community Health Worker model; the heart of which is the “espíritus de servicio” and to support the career development of the people in the many different job titles (More than 100…) that comprise the Community Health Worker workforce.” Click Here
Colorado Patient Navigator / Community Health Worker Collaborative* The Colorado Patient Navigator / Community Health Worker Collaborative was founded “in an effort to align all of the various patient navigator/community health worker/promotoras groups in our state and identify and develop a sustainable model for this important work.” Click Here
Community Health Worker (CHW) Collaborative of Pierce County (PC)* The Community Health Worker (CHW) Collaborative of Pierce County (PC) was founded to “advocate for our CHW workforce as having a critical role in health reform, systems change, and community advocacy.” Click Here
Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island The Community Health Worker Association of Rhode Island was founded in 2009 with the mission to “increase the power of Rhode Island’s Community Health Workers to promote health equity through increasing access to quality healthcare and social services and conducting advocacy.” Click Here
Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees The Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees was founded with the mission to “increase the capacity and competencies of CHWs/Community Champions for meeting the needs of underserved communities by creating sustainable opportunities, implementing innovative solutions, and cultivating productive partnerships.” Click Here
Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota The Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota was founded with the mission to “promote, support, and sustain the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession in South Dakota.” Click Here
Community Health Worker Network of Cameron County No mission statement available. Email: Redpromo13@gmail.com
Community Health Worker Network of NYC* The Community Health Worker Network of NYC was founded to “advance the Community Health Worker practice through education, advocacy, and research.” Click Here
Community Health Worker Professional Association of the District of Columbia No mission statement available. Click Here
Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut The Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut was founded in 2012 with the mission to “advance the CHW workforce through policy, education, research and leadership.” Click Here
Community Health Workers Association of Missouri The Community Health Workers Association of Missouri was founded with the mission to “unite CHWs, CHW instructors, employers, payers, and other interested individuals for professional development and community outreach to serve the communities in which they are involved.” Click Here
Community Health Workers Association of Nebraska* The Community Health Workers Association of Nebraska was founded in 2014 with the purpose of “giving Community Health Workers in Nebraska recognition for their work, giving them a voice that advocates for public health as well as their profession, providing avenues for further training and uniting all Community Health Workers across the state, and the entire nation.” Click Here
Community Health Workers Association of Rochester* The Community Health Workers Association of Rochester was founded in 2000 to “strengthen the profession and leadership of Community Health Workers.” Click Here
Community Network for Engagement, Connection and Transformation* The Community Network for Engagement, Connection and Transformation was founded in 2010 to “provide education, networking, and support to ensure ALL people and communities have the resources and power they need to realize their full potential for health and well-being, with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
DFW-CHW Association The Dallas/Fort Worth Community Health Worker Association was founded in 2014 with the mission to “unite CHWs and CHW Instructors for professional development and community outreach.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Eastern Washington Community Health Worker Network* The Eastern Washington Community Health Worker Network was founded to “connect[] to each other & resources for those who are the most vulnerable in our region.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Florida Community Health Worker Coalition The Florida Community Health Worker Coalition was founded in 2011 with the mission of creating a “statewide partnership dedicated to the support and promotion of the Community Health Worker profession in Florida.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Georgia Community Health Worker Initiative* The Georgia Community Health Worker Initiative was founded in 2016 to “facilitate a coordinated effort to develop a model that would promote and sustain the integration of CHWs into health and human service organizations.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Hawaii Community Health Worker Association No mission statement available. Click Here
Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington* The Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington was founded in 2013 with a vision of “community-driven health equity for all.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Idaho Community Health Workers Association No website or mission statement. Founded in 2020. NA
Illinois Community Health Workers Association The Illinois Community Health Workers Association was founded in 2003 as the Chicago Community Health Worker Local Network, and became ILCHWA in 2016. Its mission it to “support and facilitate the progress of CHWs/Promotoras de Saluds and the diverse communities they serve.” Click here
Indiana Community Health Workers Association* The Indiana Community Health Workers Association was founded in 2013 for “bringing together those in the community who work daily to encourage the health and well-being of their neighbors.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition The Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition was founded with the mission to “collaborat[e] to achieve health equity through education, empowerment, and advocacy.” Click Here
Kentucky Association of Community Health Workers* The Kentucky Association of Community Health Workers was founded in 2016 to “unify, promote, and sustain the profession of community health workers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” Click Here
King County Promotores Network* The King County Promotores Network was founded to “support, advance connectivity and partnership between bilingual/bicultural promotores and community service partners in King and neighboring counties.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Lone Star Unified CHW Association* The Lone Star Unified CHW Association is “an association representing all 254 Texas Counties with a special focus on our rural areas, Community Health Workers training, and workforce development.” Click Here
Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network* The Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network was founded in 2010 to “support community health workers while advocating for improvements in community health.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers* The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers was founded in 2000 to “champion[] the systemic integration of CHWs into all aspects of health, behavioral health and substance recovery services.” Click Here
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance The Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance was founded in 2011 with the mission to “promote and sustain the integration of community health workers (CHWs) into health and human services organizations throughout Michigan through coordinated changes in policy and workforce development.” Click Here
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance* The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance was founded to “build community and systems capacity for better health through the integration of community health worker (CHW) strategies.” Click Here
Minnesota Community Health Worker Peer Network No mission statement available. Click Here
Montana Community Health Worker Association No mission statement available. Founded in 2020. Click Here
CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Maine Community Health Worker Initiative* The Maine Community Health Worker Initiative was founded with the goal of “improving the health of Maine’s population, improving the experience Maine patients have with their care, and reducing the total costs of care.” Click Here
Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers* The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers was founded in 2000 to “champion[] the systemic integration of CHWs into all aspects of health, behavioral health and substance recovery services.” Click Here
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance The Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance was founded in 2011 with the mission to “promote and sustain the integration of community health workers (CHWs) into health and human services organizations throughout Michigan through coordinated changes in policy and workforce development.” Click Here
Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance* The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance was founded to “build community and systems capacity for better health through the integration of community health worker (CHW) strategies.” Click Here
Minnesota Community Health Worker Peer Network No mission statement available. Click Here
Montana Community Health Worker Association No mission statement available. Founded in 2020. Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Nevada Community Health Worker Association The Nevada Community Health Worker Association was founded with the mission to “unify, strengthen, and grow the presence of a diverse, collaborative network of Community Health Workers and Community Health Worker employers in Nevada by providing advocacy, promotion, education, support, and professional development opportunities focused on increasing access to health care and social services, and improving community wellness.” Click Here
New Hampshire CHW Coalition* The New Hampshire CHW Coalition was founded to “promote CHWs as vital members of the healthcare and social service team; leverage opportunities to educate stakeholders about the CHW model and advocate for healthcare policy changes that advance the sustainability of CHW programs.” Click Here
New Mexico Community Health Worker Association The New Mexico Community Health Worker Association was founded in 1995 to “support community health workers in New Mexico – including Spanish-speaking promotoras — and communities they serve.” Click Here
Northeast Texas Community Health Worker Coalition No mission statement available. Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Ohio Community Health Worker Association* The Ohio Community Health Worker Association was founded with the goal of “eliminating health disparities for all Ohioans through the CHW model.” Click Here
Oregon Community Health Worker Association* The Oregon Community Health Worker Association was founded in 2011 to create a “unified voice to empower and advocate for community health workers and our communities.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Pennsylvania Community Health Worker Collaborative The Pennsylvania Community Health Worker Collaborative was founded with the mission to “help communities meet their primary health care needs by creating a statewide infrastructure bridging community and academic resources.” Click Here
Promotores/Community Health Workers of Travis County* The Promotores/Community Health Workers of Travis County “aims to build healthier and stronger communities.” Click Here
Promotores Paso del Norte The Rural Community Health Worker Network was founded to “develop and grow strong connections for all Community Health Workers, especially those who work within a rural community.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Rural Community Health Worker Network* The Rural Community Health Worker Network was founded to “develop and grow strong connections for all Community Health Workers, especially those who work within a rural community.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
San Antonio Community Health Workers Association The San Antonio Community Health Workers Association was founded in 2010 to “provide representation and continuing education for certified community health workers, to promote and to foster collaboration across disciplines.” Click Here
San Diego County Promotores Coalition The San Diego County Promotores Coalition was founded in 2009 with the mission to “promote, value and recognize the work of Promotores and support organizations that work with Promotores to increase access and services to residents of San Diego County.” Click Here
South Carolina Community Health Worker Association The South Carolina Community Health Worker Association was founded with the mission to “maximize the voices of Community Health Workers and strengthen the profession’s capacity to achieve healthy, equitable communities throughout South Carolina.” Click Here
South Texas Promotora Association Inc. No mission statement available. Email:stpa08@outlook.com
Southwest WA Community Health Advocates and Peer Support The Southwest WA Community Health Advocates and Peer Support was founded as a “growing grassroots network of community-based community health advocates and certified peers, serving the communities across the Southwest WA region, who come together to learn, support one another, and share ideas and best practices.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Tennessee Community Health Worker Collaborative* The Tennessee Community Health Worker Collaborative is a “a group of organizations focused on advancing the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession in Tennessee.” Click Here
Texas Association of Promotores & Community Health Workers The Texas Association of Promotores & Community Health Workers was founded in 2019 with the mission to “support and expand opportunities for the CHW profession at the state and local level through advocacy, education, empowerment, and policy.” Click Here
Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Association The Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Association was founded in 2005 with the mission to “meet the needs of the diverse CHW workforce throughout the Texas Gulf Coast by improving communication, providing access to resources, and improving job opportunities. Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Unite WI Unite WI was founded with the mission of “enhancing the health of Milwaukee communities by coordinating Community Health Workers (CHW) to people at risk to services to deliver health (both physical and behavioral) and social services to individuals in a timely, efficient, and economical manner.” Click Here
United Voices* United Voices was founded to “create health equity, develop and support a strong workforce, and foster economic stability through policy and advocacy and through the programs and services we offer.” Click Here
Utah Broad-Based Community Health Worker Coalition* The Utah Broad-Based Community Health Worker Coalition was founded in 2015 to “support and promote the work of community health workers (CHWs) in Utah.” Click Here
Utah Community Health Worker Section The Utah Community Health Worker Section of the Utah Public Health Association was founded in 2016 with the mission to “empower Community Health Workers in Utah by recognizing, embracing, and advocating for the impact and value of their work within our diverse communities.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Virginia Community Health Worker Association The Virginia Community Health Worker Association was founded to “support the engagement of CHWs, CHW programs, healthcare organizations, and communities to ensure a diversity of voices set priorities and direction in policy, promotion, and sustainability of CHW programs across the commonwealth.” Click Here

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CHW Association Name Mission Statement Website
Washington State CHW/Promotores Network The Washington State CHW/Promotores Network was founded with the mission of “meeting the needs of the diverse Community Health Worker workforce by continuously improving training, professional development, communication and access to resources and job opportunities.” Click Here
Wellness Coalition The Wellness Coalition was founded with the mission of facilitating a “coordinated, community-wide system to improve the health and wellness of people with limited or no health insurance through collaboration, services, and education.” Click Here
West Texas Community Health Worker/Promotores Association The West Texas Community Health Worker/Promotores Association was founded to “empower, educate, and unite local CHWs.” Click Here
Whatcom CHW Network The Whatcom CHW Network was founded with the mission to “promote the well-being of children, youth, and families by convening and supporting communities to build their capacity.” Click Here
Wisconsin Community Health Worker Network The Wisconsin Community Health Worker Network was founded with the mission to “create a space for Community Health Workers by Community Health Workers to support the workforce through advocacy, education, workforce development and sustainability.” Click Here

*Explicit mission statement may not be available or was unable to be located. To update or add a listing to this  page, email us at trainers@mhpsalud.org.

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