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A Community Health Worker is a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/ link/ intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
A Community Health Worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.
–The American Public Health Association
Tell me more about the NH CHW Coalition:
Who Are We? The NH CHW Coalition has over 100 members, including CHWs and supportive stakeholders.
Who are Community Health Workers? Individuals who work in “community health”. They have titles such as Patient Navigator, Patient Advocate, Care Coordinator and Community Health Worker.
What Does the Coalition Do? The NH CHW Coalition works to promote CHWs as vital members of the healthcare and social service team; leverages opportunities to educate stakeholders about the CHW model and advocates for healthcare policy changes that advance the sustainability of CHW programs.
When Does the Coalition Meet? Meetings are held every other month on the 4th Thursday from 1:00-3:00PM. Meeting locations are held around the state.
What Happens at a Coalition Meeting? Meetings focus on the priorities of the membership, which can include training and professional development, learning community models, strategic planning, networking and more.
Currently the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) in Littleton, NH is supported by the State of NH, Division of Public Health Services, DHHS, to provide technical assistance to the Coalition, however the NH CHW Coalition is a completely independent group that is governed by a member-elected steering committee.
For questions or more information, please contact Amber Culver at Aculver@nchcnh.org