What is a Certified Community Health Worker (CHW)?

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CHWs help address some of the most pressing public health and healthcare needs, including improving service access to both primary care and behavioral health services throughout the State of Nevada.

The skills of a CHW allow them to bridge the gaps between public health and healthcare by linking clinical and community resources. Using a multi-disciplinary approach to engage individuals into treatment is a way to promote access to behavioral health and primary care to eliminate health disparities and promote better health outcomes. CHWs work in different settings throughout Nevada including federally qualified health centers, non-profit organizations, clinical settings, food banks, state programs, and hospitals by:

  1. Bridging cultural mediation between communities and the health care system
  2. Providing culturally appropriate and accessible health education and information
  3. Ensuring that people get the services they need
  4. Providing informal counseling and social support
  5. Advocating for individuals and communities
  6. Providing direct services (such as basic first aid) and administering health screening tests
  7. Building individual and community capacity