Community health workers promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. They serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Community health workers act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. Their other duties may include delivering health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings as well as the collection of data to help identify community health needs.
Community Health workers work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and community health care facilities.
Community health workers are sometimes required to have a four year bachelor’s degree. However, most community health workers receive on-the-job training and/or vocational training.