Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

Definition of a Community Health Worker

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) update page contains new information on the SOC Revision process for 2018.
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The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis 
is pleased to announce the next 
Webinar in its Health Workforce Webinar Series - Revising theStandard Occupational Classification. This Webinar will take place on TuesdayOctober 152013, at 2:00PM ET.


This webinar will provide information about the upcoming Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) revision process with a special emphasis onhealth occupations. Data collected by federal agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Census Collection, use the SOC when collecting and classifying data by occupation. Thus, collection of federal data about workers in different occupations – such as employment levels and trends, pay and benefits, work settings, demographic characteristics, and many other characteristics – is dependent on being included and definedin the SOC.


The upcoming revision of the SOC will be the first since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which has and will continue to dramatically affecthealth workforce occupations. The webinar is intended to provide background information on the upcoming revision process. It will be of particular interest to audiences interested in recommending revisions. The webinar will address the following topics:

•        What is the SOC?

•        How is the SOC structured?

•        How is the SOC revised, what is the process and what are the timelines?

•        How is an occupation defined?

•                  What information do stakeholders need to provide and to whom when requesting a change to the SOC?


National Center for Health Workforce Analysis

Health Workforce WebinarRevising the Standard Occupational Classification

Date and TimeTuesdayOctober 1520132:00-3:00PM Eastern


Dial-in Number800-857-1222; passcode: 7298874


Upcoming webinars will generally take place on the second Tuesday at 2PM ET every other month. We welcome your suggestions for Webinar topics and any other questions you might have. Please forward this to any interested parties we might have missed. We look forward to your participation.”

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." 

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