Community health workers bridge between the community and health care, government and social service systems. Community health workers work in numerous environments, from hospitals to teen clinics and community centers. Responsibilities can include:
- Helping individuals, families, groups and com munities access resources, including health insurance, food, housing, quality care and health information.
- Helping people understand their health condition(s) and develop strategies to improve their health and well being
- Advocating for local health needs.
- Providing health services, such as monitoring blood pressure and first aid.
- Making home visits to chronically ill patients, pregnant women and nursing mothers, individuals at high risk of health problems and the elderly.
The job market for community health workers (CHWs) is strengthening, according to studies being conducted through the Minnesota Community Health Worker Project, a statewide collaborative partnership. The organization also found that many current CHW employers intend to increase the percentage of CHWs on staff.
Where you’ll work
Community health workers work in community and neighborhood healthcare clinics, community centers, hospitals and for insurance companies. More than 100 Minnesota organizations employ health workers.
Community health workers earn $14.29 to $19.18 per hour, according to a 2007 study of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance.