Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

CHW Job Titles

Effective January 2010; the Department of Labor recognized Community Health Workers (CHW) as Standard Occupation Classification 21-1094 


Some of the many Job titles that CHW are employed as in the USA (Paid and unpaid) are:
  1. Addiction Treatment Specialist
  2. Asthma Outreach worker
  3. Asthma Educator
  4. Asthma Family Support Worker
  5. Asthma Peer Educator
  6. Bilingual Family Outreach Specialist
  7. Bilingual Family Advocate
  8. Birth Assistant (Doula)
  9. Birth Attendant
  10. Birthing Family Support Worker
  11. Case Management Technician
  12. Care Coordinator
  13. Career Coach
  14. Case Worker
  15. Case Managers SNAP
  16. Certified Application Assistant (CAA)
  17. Community Advocate
  18. Community Care Worker (CCW)
  19. Community Health Associate
  20. Community Follow-Up Worker
  21. Community Health Adviser
  22. Community Health Advocate
  23. Community Health Aide
  24. Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)
  25. Community Health Representative (CHR)
  26. Community Health Specialist MORE Scroll down
  27. Coordinator of Outreach
  28. Community Health Educator (CHE)
  29. Community Health Navigators
  30. Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)
  31. Community Health Promotion and Awareness Interns
  32. Community Health Worker ( CHW)
  33. Community Organizer
  34. Counselor
  35. Cultural Case Manager
  36. Cultural Counselor
  37. Cultural Interpreter
  38. Cultural Mediator
  39. Diabetes Educator
  40. Diabetes Family Support Worker
  41. Diabetes Navigator
  42. Direct Care Worker  http://phinational.org/blogs/direct-care-workers-news
  43. Doula -Greek- "Women Who Serves" ( Birth Assistant)
  44. Eligibility Worker
  45. Enrollment Worker
  46. Family Advocate
  47. Family Planning Counselor
  48. Family Support Worker
  49. Family Advocate
  50. Family Health Advocate
  51. Family Health Promoter
  52. Family Outreach Worker (FOW)
  53. Family Support Specialist
  54. Family Support Worker
  55. Frontline Health Worker
  56. Head Start Teacher Assistant
  57. Health Advisor
  58. Health Advocate
  59. Health Educator
  60. Health Facilitator
  61. Health Extention Workers
  62. Health/Nutrition Support Worker
  63. Health Information Specialist
  64. Health Promoter
  65. Health Liaison
  66. Health Specialist
  67. Health Workers
  68. HIV/AIDS Educator
  69. HIV/AIDS Family Support Worker
  70. HIV Peer Advocate
  71. HIV Risk Assessment/Disclosure Counselor
  72. HIV Service Coordinator
  73. HIV/STD Prevention Counselor
  74. Independent Living Services Manager
  75. Informal Counselor
  76. Intake Coordinator
  77. Intake Assistant
  78. La Leche Peer Counselor (Breastfeeding support)
  79. Lay Health Advisor (LHA)
  80. Lay Health Advocate
  81. Medical Concierge
  82. Medical Interpreter
  83. Men's Health Specialist 
  84. Men's Health Worker
  85. Natural Researcher   
  86. Neighborhood Health Advocate
  87. Nutrition Adviser
  88. Nutrition Assistant
  89. Nutrition Educator
  90. Nutrition Support Worker Mental Health Aide
  91. Outreach Worker
  92. Outreach Educator
  93. Outreach Specialist
  94. Part Time Project Associates
  95. Patient Experts
  96. Patient Navigator
  97. Peer Advocate
  98. Peer Counselor
  99. Peer Educator
  100. Peer Health Advisor
  101. Peer Health Educator
  102. Peer Leader
  103. Physical Activity Specialist
  104. Preconception Peer Educator (Department of Minority Health)
  105. Pre-Perinatal Health Specialists
  106. Prevention Specialist
  107. Program Coordinator
  108. Promotor(a)
  109. Promotor(a) de Salud
  110. Promotores
  111. Public Health Advisor
  112. Public Health Aide
  113. Public Service Aide
  114. Social Worker Assistant
  115. Street Outreach Worker
  116. Team Advocate, Level I
  117. Trabajadores Comunitarios
  118. Trained Health Extension Workers
  119. Village Health Worker (VHW)
  120. Volunteers
  121. Wellness Ambasadors
  122. Women's Health Specialist
  123. Youth Worker-Program Assistant
  124. Youth Peer Councilor
International Names for Community Health Workers
  1. Bearfoot Doctors - China
  2. Feldshers- Russia
  3. Nompilo -"Mother of Health" in Zulu- South Africa
  4. Shasthya Shebika - Bengali- India
  5. Doula - Greek - "Women Who Serves"




American Public Health Association (APHA)

Definition of a Community Health Worker


"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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