Distinctions Between CHWs and Related Occupations

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A CHW visiting an elderly woman at her home.

There are some distinctions between CHWs and related occupations. These include:

  • CHWs rarely design clinical interventions except as members of a team
  • Other professionals often supervise CHWs
  • Organizations rely on CHWs’ knowledge of the community
  • Communities value CHWs’ understanding of “the system”