Building an Occupational Identity

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Group of CHWs
Most people, including health care administrators, are not familiar with the term “community health worker.”

This is because:

  • “CHW” has only been widely used as an umbrella term in the past 10-15 years
  • Diverse job titles have been encouraged by “silo” funding, “innovative” grant requirements
  • Some CHWs prefer to use existing job-specific titles
  • Other professionals have a limited view of CHW roles and abilities