There are six categories of community health worker (CHW) programs. These program models are not mutually exclusive; some programs may incorporate elements from multiple categories. When designing your rural CHW program, you may adapt components from more than one program model to address the needs of your community.
Promotora de Salud/Lay Health Worker
CHWs are members of a target population with specialized training to provide health education.
Member of Care Delivery Team Model
CHWs render direct health services collaborating with medical professionals.
Care Coordinator/Manager Model
CHWs help people with complex health conditions navigate healthcare systems.
Health Educator Model
CHWs deliver education to a target population.
Outreach and Enrollment Agent Model
Similar to Health Educator model, with greater outreach and enrollment responsibilities.
Community Organizer and Capacity Builder
CHWs promote community action and builds community support for new activities.
- Program Model Resources