Community Trust and Credibility

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Two CHWs talking.
The companion piece to the CHW’s expertise in understanding the community is the ability to establish trusting peer-to-peer relationships as a basis for pursuing mutual goals.

Community trust and credibility are current issues in the CHW workforce.

  • Mutual trust and respect are essential
  • CHWs may have to overcome mistrust of institutions, medical providers, and research
  • Capacity-building: central to CHW philosophy