PSW-HCW

​Who is a Tradition​al Health Worker?

Traditional Health Worker (THW) 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.
  • Community Health Wo​rkers (CHW).  Assist individuals and their community to achieve positive health outcomes.​
  • 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.

Certification A​gencies​

​Contact Information

Phone: ​877-880-8071, option 1​