Community Health Worker - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Community Health Worker




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Job Description

 

A community health worker is a trusted member of their community who works on the ground to promote healthy behaviors, build stronger relationships between the community and health and social services, and increase accessibility to those services.

They seek to improve the quality and cultural competency of service delivery by acting as intermediaries between health services and the community.

"Community health worker" is an umbrella term that encompasses many titles, depending on the nature of their jobs and the location in which they work. Some common titles include:

  • Health Coach

  • Family Advocate

  • Community Health Adviser

  • Liaison

  • Promoter

  • Outreach Worker

  • Peer Counselor

  • Patient Navigator

The success of their strenuous endeavors has compelled federal agencies, private institutions and non government organizations to create paid positions for community health care workers.

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Responsibilities

 

Community health workers provide support through counseling, advocacy on individual cases or broad issues, and resources to individuals in the community.

Many work in underprivileged or marginalized communities that lack sufficient education, fluency in English, adequate healthcare services, and/or religious and cultural beliefs much different than the norm.

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Skills

 

Community health workers must be adept at outreach methods and strategies, meaning they must be great at networking and meeting with people where they're located.

They must use strategies to bring services to underserved populations or groups. They must always capable of making accurate assessments of the community and what steps need to be taken to reach particular goals.

Aspiring community health workers must have effective communication skills and know how to speak to those they intend to serve.

They must also be highly educated on the subject matter and willing to share their knowledge to encourage changes in behaviors.

Honed problem solving skills come in handy in this position as they sometimes must find creative ways to implement programs or stretch resources.

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Working Conditions

 

Community health workers live in the areas they serve and can sometimes work exclusively for health care facilities native to the community.

Much of their day consists of meeting with officials at organizations and clinics, visiting homes, and otherwise connecting with the community.

Since they are often hired to support short term projects, community health workers are known to smoothly transition from one job to the other much more frequently than any other health care professional in the field. Some work from project to project, as they are available.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down community health workers in the following industries:

 

Individual, family, community, and vocational rehabilitation services

25%

State and local government, excluding education and hospitals

18%

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

12%

Hospitals; state, local, and private

9%

Outpatient, laboratory, and other ambulatory care services

7%

 

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Salary Outlook

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