Community Health Workers are front line public health workers that educate, advocate and empower community members on a verity of health issues and link them to available community resources and programs.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) tasks include:
- Act as a liaisons between health organizations and the community they serve.
- Providing resources and support needed to cope with chronic, acute, and terminal illnesses.
- Advocate for and connect client to vital resources such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement, education, and/or social/peer support.
Our community health workers are trained to provide a range of health services, including the promotion of a tobacco-free lifestyle, nutrition education, prevention and management of chronic diseases, education, promotion of healthy lifestyles among youth, and skills for immigrants/refugees to navigate the U.S. health system.
In building this culture of health awareness, our Community Health Workers provide advocacy and support in coordinating referrals to health care and community services.
NMPHI’S Community Health Workers help immigrants and refugees learn about the Affordable Care Act and assist them with their health insurance enrollment. Our Community Health Workers meet with community members individually and in groups to provide education and awareness of the new health care law and the importance of preventative health care for individuals and families in our community.