Job Titles

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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

World Health Organization

  1. CHWs
  2. LHWs
  3. VHWs
  4. lay health workers
  5. lady health workers
  6. volunteer health workers
  7. voluntary health workers
  8.  community health workers
  9. community health distributors
  10. community health surveyors
  11. community health assistants
  12. community health promoters
  13. promotoras de salud
  14. community health agents (agentes de saúde)
  15. rural health auxiliaries (used primarily in the 1970s) 
  16. traditional midwives  
  17. traditional birth attendants (TBA)
  18. health promoters. 
  19. Bearfoot Doctors - China
  20. Feldshers- Russia
  21. Nompilo -"Mother of Health" in Zulu- South Africa
  22. Shasthya Shebika - Bengali- India
  23. Doula - Greek - "Women Who Serves" 


Areas of Chronic Disease Self Management

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac rehabilitation support
  • Arthritis
  • Directly Observed Treatment Support (DOTS) -Tuberculosis, HIV 



Pregnancy, Childbirth and 0-5yrs

Adulthood, Aging and Disability

  • Advanced Care Planning Assistant
  • Advanced Care Directive Assistant
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator
  • In Home Support Person 

Service Navigation

  • Health Care Navigator
  • Patient Navigator
  • Health Insurance Navigator
  • Certified Application Assistant