Community health workers (CHWs) help connect healthcare providers and underserved communities, playing an important role in providing emotional support and resources for social and clinical needs.
WIN Network: Detroit’s Community Health Workers help make our group prenatal care session more personalized. They provide one-on-one support to moms. Moms and their CHWs work together to make sure mom’s needs are met.
CHWs are more than just caregivers; they are supporters, educators, and navigators. CHWs are able to connect with communities, provide health education, and help navigate healthcare systems and resources.
Roles of CHWs include:
- Health Education and Promotion: CHWs create health education activities and talk about disease prevention, healthy habits, family planning, and nutrition.
- Advocacy: CHWs provide extra support to people with little access to healthcare. They advocate for their community’s health needs, making sure that their questions and concerns are heard by healthcare organizations.
- Support and Navigation: CHWs serve as navigators, guiding and teaching you about access to healthcare, appointments, and resources. CHWs guidance help overcome struggles such as language, transportation, and cultural differences.
- Finding Illness Early: Meeting with CHWs daily and talking about your concerns will help CHWs identify health concerns early and suggest that you see your provider.