Community Health Worker
Taxonomy Code 172V00000X

Classification: Community Health Worker

Quick Links : Map of Providers per State | Number of Providers per State

Description

Community health workers (CHW) are lay members of communities who work either for pay or as volunteers in association with the local health care system in both urban and rural environments and usually share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status and life experiences with the community members they serve. They have been identified by many titles such as community health advisors, lay health advocates, "promotores(as), outreach educators, community health representatives, peer health promoters, and peer health educators. CHWs offer interpretation and translation services, provide culturally appropriate health education and information, assist people in receiving the care they need, give informal counseling and guidance on health behaviors, advocate for individual and community health needs, and provide some direct services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. Some examples of these practitioners are Community Health Aides or Practitioners established under 25 USC §1616 (l) under HHS, Indian Health Service, Public Health Service.

Notes

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services – National Workforce Study on Community Health Workers, March, 2007. [7/1/2007: new]

http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/chw/

Volume numbers are based on primary as well as secondary taxonomy codes of Providers.

Community Health Worker - Community Health Worker Provider Ratio per 10,000 Population by State

Data based on 2014 Census Population Estimates. Provider information last updated 6/13/2017


Green Color Indicates no Provider(s) recorded for that state

When you move the pointer over a state, it will display more useful information.

The NPI Database was last updated on 6/13/2017 with 5,250,108 records.

Provider(s) data per State with Population Ratio