Community Health Workers (CHW) / Promotoras
What is a Community Health Worker/Promotor(a)?
According to the CDC (2015), community health workers (CHWs) go by many names — community health advocates, lay health educators, community health representatives, promotores de salud, etc. — and are members of any given community that help bridge the gap between healthcare providers and communities that lack access to care. Because they are members of the community, they are particularly qualified in both bringing healthcare services to community members and educating healthcare providers on the community’s needs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. (2015 April). Addressing chronic disease through community health workers: A policy brief on community health workers (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/docs/chw_brief.pdf