Professionalizing the Field

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A CHW taking a man's blood pressure.
Professionalizing the CHW field is also a current issue for the CHW workforce.

  • CHWs are often called paraprofessionals, “lay” workers, peer educators
  • CHWs may seek credentialing to increase recognition of their profession
  • Professional expertise and credibility in official roles will help professionalize the field
  • Some CHWs do not wish to be viewed like other professionals who have a negative image in low-income communities