Generalist vs. Specialist Qualifications

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The following are concerns regarding the general or specific nature of CHW training:

  • How transferable are core skills between specific jobs?
  • Should CHWs be certified in specific areas (heart disease, diabetes, behavioral health)?
  • Various parties are interested in specialist standards (e.g., CDC, NHLBI, AADE)
  • Are national- or state-level standards needed? Or both?