What is a Traditional Health Worker?
Traditional Health Workers (THWs) are frontline public health workers who work in a community or clinic under the direction of a licensed health provider. There are five specialty types of THWs:
- Community Health Workers. Assist individuals and their community to achieve positive health outcomes.
- Personal Health Navigators. Assist individuals to achieve positive health outcomes.
- Peer Support Specialists. Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health conditions.
- Peer Wellness Specialists. Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health and physical conditions.
- Birth Doulas. Assist women with pre-natal care.
Traditional Health Worker Certification
Two state agencies certify Traditional Health Workers:
THWs are employed by Coordinated Care Organizations, Patient Centered Primary Care Homes, hospitals, clinics, county medical services, and community-based organizations. This allows THWs to serve multiple patients with a variety of needs.
We estimate the salary range to be between $15 and $21 per hour.
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