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How Community Health Workers Serve Communities

In rural communities, community health workers (CHWs) may serve individuals in a variety of settings, including:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Patients' homes
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Community health centers (CHCs)
  • Managed care organizations
  • Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)
  • State, local, Tribal, and territorial governmental public health agencies
  • Private physician offices
  • Healthcare clinic
  • Other healthcare settings
  • Other community organizations

CHW programs are most effective when tailored to address the needs of specific populations, as demonstrated by the Program Clearinghouse examples below:

  • Providing healthcare to individuals experiencing homelessness (Kodiak Community Health Center)
  • Working to reduce cardiovascular risk among rural African-American women by conducting community-wide educational classes on nutrition, physical activity, and smoking cessation (Delta Health Alliance)
  • Providing programs focused on diabetes prevention and control for first-generation immigrants (Ben Archer Health Center)
  • Conducting outreach to rural migrant and seasonal farm workers (Family Health Centers)