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.

Policies and Laws

​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.