Community Health Worker

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.

Pay & Position Type

  • Entry-Level
  • The median annual wage for community health workers in the District of Columbia is $63,640.
  • The median hourly wage in the District of Columbia is $30.45.

Job Outlook

In the District, employment for community health workers has an estimated projected growth of 20% from 2020 to 2030. There will be about 110 projected annual openings for community health workers between 2020 and 2030 in D.C.

Community Health

I love people. Meeting people, talking to people, helping people. It’s my love language. Being a community health worker lets me advocate for the underserved and the vulnerable. I enjoy providing counseling, health screenings and making sure patients understand the services they need for optimal health.