PSW-HCW

Who is a Traditional Health Worker?

Traditional Health Workers (THWs) is an umbrella term for 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:

  • Birth Doulas. Assist women and their family with pre-natal, childbirth and post-partum care.
  • Personal Health Navigators (PHN).  Provides information, assistance, tools and support to enable a patient to make the best health care decisions.
  • Peer Support Specialists (PSS). Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health conditions.
  • Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS). Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health and physical conditions.
    1. Family Support Specialist means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted under ORS 414.665 and may be either a peer support specialist or a peer wellness specialist who, based on similar life experiences, provides support services to and has experience parenting a child who:
        • Is a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment; or
        • Is facing or has faced difficulties in accessing education, health, and wellness services due to mental health or behavioral health barriers. ​
    2. Youth Support Specialist means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted under ORS 414.665 and may be either a peer support specialist or a peer wellness specialist and who, based on a similar life experience, provides supportive services to an individual who:
        • Is not older than 30 years old, and
        • Is a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment; or
        • Is facing or has faced difficulties in accessing education, health, and wellness services due to mental health or behavioral health barriers.
  • Community Health Workers (CHW).  Assist individuals and their community to achieve positive health outcomes.

Oregon's traditional health worker certification agencies ​

Employment

Unlike HCW and PSW, CHWs are employed by:

  • Patient-Center Primary Care Home,
  • Hospital or clinics
  • County medical services
  • Coordinated Care Organization,
  • Community-based organization

CHWs are responsible for exploring and securing their own employment opportunities we estimate the salary range to be between $15 to $21 per hour.​​​​

​Contact Information

Phone: 1-877-880-8071, option 1
 

Hiring and Supervising Community Health Workers

Employers - Learn more about our free workshop on successfully integrating Community Health Workers in your practice.