Status of the CHW Occupation

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Several different CHWs at work.
The status of the CHW occupation is as follows:

  • The CHW occupation is recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor, but not by most states
  • Many potential employers are unaware or have a limited understanding of the occupation
  • There are a proliferation of job titles for CHWs, related to funding
  • The occupation is typically supported by short-term “silo” funding
  • There is a range of federal support, but no systematic review of the field until recently