CHWs vs. Patient Navigators

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CHWs: Are not always assigned specific patients; Have a wide range of non-navigation duties; Generally do not hold a clinical license; and Are a distinct occupation. PNs: Are assigned specific patients; PN duties are a subset of CHW roles; Maybe CHWs, nurses, social workers, etc.; Are a role or function.

The differences between CHWs and Patient Navigators include:

  • PNs are assigned to specific patients; CHWs often are not
  • PN duties are a subset of CHW duties
  • PNs may have other occupational background
  • PN is a role or function; CHW is a distinct occupation