Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

About Us 

  Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

 Our mission is to promote collaboration between all individuals, groups, and networks that identify as; or support, the APHA definition of a Community Health Worker; no matter what our working titles, cultural background or language spoken. ( Work in Progress...)


"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline 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 CHW 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 CHW 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." 

We aim to:

  • Bringing grassroots community based health workers together as an association
  • Provide a local focal point for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and  resources
  • Promote and support lifelong learning
  • Promote cultural diversity of the health care workforce
  • Facilitate cultural and linguistic understanding 
  • Encourage professional development and capacity building
  • Support CHWs in their search for meaningful paid employment
  • Actively promote the role of the CHW with current and potential employers
  • Participate in health workforce development round table discussions
  • Ensure that CHW are part of the public health policy decision making team
  • Help to develop a nationally coordinated communication system for CHWs
  • Build relationships between CHWs and other heath professional
  • Advocate for health policy that supports social justice and equal access for all
  • Promote professional advocacy at local, state and national level 
  • Build bridges and collaborations
  • Advocate for a collaborative CA Association of CHWs
  • Help make a CACHW a reality
  • Support individual health choices in the context of real life circumstances
  • Maintain a holistic community health centered perspective
  • Think globally
  • Act local
Who are Community Health Workers?
CHWs work under many different job titles such as Promotor(a) de Salud,
Outreach Worker, Peer Educator and Patient Navigator. They are recognized by the
Department of Labor as Standard Occupational Classification 21-1094 effective
January 2010. The following definition adopted by the CHW Section is included in
the 2009 APHA Policy Statement on CHWs (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/
policy/policysearch/default.htm?id=1393):

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline 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 CHW 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 CHW 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.

 Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California 
See CACHW http://cachw.org/


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