PSW-HCW

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Who Are Community Health Workers?

Certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) help people adopt healthy behaviors and navigate the health system. CHWs usually share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, or life experience with those they serve. CHWs work for their local health care practice or Coordinated Care Organization to deliver culturally appropriate health education to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.

CHWs may provide information on available resources, connect people to social supports, provide informal counseling, advocate for individual and community health needs, and provide services such as blood pressure screening or other health prevention screenings.

CHW Roles in Health Care

The role of a CHW will depend on your employer. Some of the responsibilities and tasks that a CHW can perform are health assessments, education and referral connections to medical providers or social services, transitional care, patient and family support, patient coaching and advocacy.

Eligible for Free Certification Training?

You may be if you:

Employment

As a homecare worker, you are employed and supervised by your consumer/employer. However, as a Community Health Worker, a Coordinated Care Organization, Patient-Centered Primary Care Home, health plan, hospital, clinic, county medical service, or community-based organization is the employer. Community Health Workers are responsible for exploring and securing their own employment opportunities. We estimate the salary range to be between $15 and $21 per hour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

​Community Health Workers

A Community Health Worker is one of five types of Traditional Health Workers/

  1. Community Health Workers. Assist individuals and their community to achieve positive health outcomes
  2. Personal Health Navigators. Assist individuals to achieve positive health outcomes​
  3. Peer Support Specialists. Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health conditions
  4. ​Peer Wellness Specialists. Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health and physical conditions
  5. ​Birth Doulas. Assist women with pre-natal care

Mailing list

To learn about our next 96-hour CHW certification schedule in your area, send your e-mail address and provider number to OHCC.CHW@state.or.us or call 1-877-880-8071, option 1