Dilemma of Community Membership as Essential Qualification

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The dilemma of community membership as an essential qualification is another current issue facing members of the CHW workforce.

  • Assumption that CHW is a “member” of the community being served
  • Validates their experience-based expertise
  • But difficult to implement and to define as a skill set
  • Geographic requirements may violate Equal Employment Opportunity requirements
  • Definition may limit CHWs’ job mobility