Session 1 Overview: Introduction to Community Health Workers (CHWs)

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Collage of photos showing healthcare worker with patients

The objectives for this session include:

  • Explain seven reasons for current interest in CHWs
  • Name four sources of official definitions of CHW
  • Describe common elements of most CHW definitions
  • Describe what is distinctive about CHWs
  • List five common CHW roles and functions
  • Describe distinctions between CHWs and related occupations
  • Describe employment settings in which CHWs practice
  • Discuss management and supervisory challenges