Uniting for Health, Equity, and Social Justice.

At the forefront of community health, we champion equity and social justice, striving to build healthier communities nationwide – one person at a time.


Who We Are

The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) was founded in April 2019 after several years of planning and organizing by Community Health Workers (CHWs) and allies across the United States. NACHW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership-driven organization with a mission to unify CHWs across geography, ethnicity, sector and experience to support communities to achieve health, equity and social justice.



In Memoriam: Naomi Cottoms

It is with great sadness that NACHW mourns the loss of Naomi Cottoms, beloved friend, colleague, and member of the NACHW founder’s circle. Naomi was

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AUGUST 2023 | Austin, Texas

NACHW Unity Conference and Annual Meeting

Join Community Health Workers, partners and allies at the preeminent national event to elevate our impact.



Meet up with fellow community health workers at one of our upcoming events.

August 3 - August 5, 2023

NACHW Unity Conference – Austin, Texas!

This year, join us from August 3rd to August 5th for Unity Conference

August 28 - September 1, 2023

Join us for National CHW Awareness Week
Celebrate who we are, commemorate our achievements, & collaborate with equity.


This is the nation’s largest searchable collection of documents on policies around CHWs (mainly on the state level). Documents include: reports, policy studies, meeting minutes, brochures, state legislative bills and other materials that show how state-level groups have created definitions, policies and workforce development programs for CHWs. Some documents show the results of these efforts. Most documents focus on one state. There are a number of multi-state and national resources.

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Administration - certification boards state health departments etc. : Administration - certification boards, state health departments etc.
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Grandparenting language and processes
Legislative language bills etc.
Lessons learned from other states
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Specialty tracks and supervisor training
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Resource Center FAQ

The main use of this resource center is to find information on the process other states have gone through in advancing policies around CHWs. This can help you understand policy options available to your state, or to learn about experiences in other states who have pursued policies or investments similar to ones you are considering for your state. Please feel free to submit documents from your own state that we don’t have – just click the button below.

Documents found in this resource center are most useful for: state government officials; CHW leaders; current and potential employers and payers for CHWs; other individuals and stakeholder organizations involved in advancing and/or considering policies on CHWs. This resource center is not a resource for individual CHWs looking for tools to inform or improve their practice; NACHW Members can find those kinds of materials and links here.


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In memoriam

Statement of Appreciation and Remembrance by her fellow founders of the National Association of Community Health Workers