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Community Health Worker  What They Do

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Community Health Workers Career Video



Assists individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conducts outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Family and Community Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
  • Advises clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
  • Identifies or contacts members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women.
  • Distributes flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
  • Contacts clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions.
  • Refers community members to needed health services.
  • Attends community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members.
  • Performs basic diagnostic procedures, such as blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, or communicable disease screening.
  • Advises clients or community groups on issues related to diagnostic screenings, such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, glaucoma tests, or diabetes screenings.
  • Advises clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions such as lead poisoning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prenatal substance abuse, or domestic violence.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Apprise Counselor --
  • Assistant Director of Nutrition and Wellness Programs --
  • Chief Program Officer --
  • Community Health Outreach Worker --
  • Community Health Program Coordinator --
  • Community Health Program Representative (Community Health Program Rep) --
  • Community Health Promoter --
  • Community Health Worker (CHW) --
  • Community Nutrition Educator --
  • HIV CTS Specialist (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Counseling and Testing Services Specialist) --