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Community Health Worker

What is a community health worker?

Community Health Workers promote health awareness and independence through community engagement, education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.  

 

This is similar to the role of health advisors, social workers, patient navigators, counselors, case managers, peer health educators, and other similar positions. 

 

The goal of the CHW is to focus on Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients as they provide the tools and resources necessary to self-manage their health and wellness.

A CHW is a representative of the healthcare staff, and any health-related information provided by a client with a CHW may be shared with the client's healthcare provider. 

What is a CHW?
in American Sign Language

Becoming a Community Health Worker

Begin your training in a six-month CHW program
(3 college credits)

Become certified as a Community Health Worker

Engage with the local community

You can establish the first step to becoming a Community Health Worker by accrediting in a certificated course for CHWs.

We can provide you referrals and resources to where you can get started with this.

You will have been enrolled in a six-month virtual course and receive a state-wide recognized certificate. This certificate will be recognized in other states that support the same Community Health Worker programs as well.

You will put forth what you have learned and help the community as a brand new Community Health Worker. You have the potential to make an impact and gain from it.

Responsibilities
of a Community Health Worker

  • Develop healthy lifestyle plans and assisting the client(s) in learning how to empower themselves 
     

  • Provide referrals to services including but not limited to: 

    • general services - information sources - events - job opportunities - access to assistive technology
      (i.e., Video Relay Services) 
       

  • Teach individuals new methods to understanding and controlling their own illness(es) 

  • Connect to resources that fit specific social needs such as: 

    • housing - mental health - substance abuse - food security - benefit counseling - legal services - etc. 
       

  • Assisting in application to the Social Security Administration (SSA), food stamps, housing support, and other services 
     

  • Setting and achieving personal health goals 
     

  • Translate information and documents into easy-to-understand language using American Sign Language and Deaf Interpreting (DI)
     

  • Medication management including but not limited to:

    • consulting your doctor - communications with the pharmacy - medication scheduling - side effects - etc. 
       

  • Other types of assistance 

Work with us!

If you are interested in expanding your skills as a Community Health Worker through our existing network of clients in South Jersey,

please contact us about opportunities with us!

Work with us
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