CHW Document Resource Center

What’s in the resource center?

This is the nation’s largest searchable collection of documents on policies around CHWs (mainly on the state level).

This database was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 5-NU38OT000286-02, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has funded decades of work to support the engagement of CHWs and was strategic in leading efforts to complete multiple systematic reviews on the topic, convene the 2019 CHW Forum, and has published extensive volumes of translational research resources to advance the CHW workforce and enhance health equity. To access CDC CHW resources, visit the CDC CHW Resources Gateway.

Who should use it? 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.

How can you use it?  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.

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.

  • Each document has a “catalog listing” that looks like this
  • For most documents, you can read or download a PDF copy directly from the website (for copyrighted materials, there will only be a link to the original source)
  • The current document collection focuses on four main topic areas:
    • CHW Certification
    • Sustainable financing of CHW services
    • The process of implementing state policies
    • CHW workforce development (including training)
  • Detailed definitions about each of these topic areas can be found in the Glossary of filter topics
  • Access fact sheets about the Resource Center below:

What’s not here:

  • There are no maps or tables showing how states compare with each other.  For those, try the links in the “Other Important Resources” below.
  • Many people ask for “best available evidence of CHW impact” and “best practices in employing CHWs.”  These are important topics that are not yet covered in the current version of the resource center.  See “Future expansion” below.
  • The workforce development documents do not include curriculum materials from specific local training programs.
  • This is not yet an exhaustive set of relevant documents: users are invited to submit or suggest documents to add, or to submit requests for documents on specific topics that are not currently covered. See “How You Can Help” below.

How to use the resource center

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.

Basic steps:

  • Click “Go” at the bottom of this page; you will see the beginning of the list of available documents
  • You will see a full list of documents
  • Click on a document name to see a full description and download a PDF or link to the original source
  • You can “filter” the list to narrow it down using menus on the left side of the page. Click here for a glossary of available filter topics and their definitions
  • You can also search for a specific keyword. The search will look only at the words in the document description provided in the resource center, not the full text of the document

Watch a how-to video below showing a simple document search When you are done, please complete a short evaluation survey and join our mailing list for regular updates!


How you can help

Please help us keep the Document Resource Center accurate, up to date and useful! At the bottom of each page in the Document Resource Center are 4 buttons:

  • If you know of a document that should be added to the site
  • If you have any problems on the site:
    • links that don’t work
    • material that is copyrighted or should not be available to the public for any reason
  • If you have other suggestions for us, we want to know!
  • Become a Member of NACHW!
  • Share the Resource Center in your newsletters and social media using our Communications Toolkit

Future expansion

This is the first phase.  We have hundreds more documents that need to be catalogued and coded, about:

  • Evidence-based
  • Employment practices

NACHW is seeking funding to complete these added features.

More details about future expansion can be found below

Credits and disclaimers

Project Team:
Denise Octavia Smith, Executive Director, NACHW
Caitlin G. Allen, Project Manager
Carl H. Rush, Senior Technical Advisor
Kayla Craddock, Project Manager (NACDD)
Christopher Whyte, Web Developer (HRiA)
Meredith Sugarman, Consultant
Clarissa Hood, Student Assistant

Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 5-NU38OT000286-02


Development of this database was supported by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For CDC CHW resources, visit the CDC CHW Resources Gateway. Facts and opinions expressed in documents on this resource center are solely those presented by the authors and publishers of those documents, and do not represent the views of CDC, NACDD or NACHW. Documents available for download as PDFs in the resource center are believed to be in the Public Domain.  If any individual or organization claims copyright protection for a document, and they choose not to grant NACHW permission to offer that document to the public on this web site, NACHW will upon written request remove the PDF of that document from this site.

Website addresses of nonfederal organizations are provided solely as a service to our readers. Provision of an address does not constitute an endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the federal government, and none should be inferred. CDC is not responsible for the content of other organizations’ web pages.

Other important resources

These three websites from our partner organizations have state-by-state policy and legislative information for CHWs, including maps and state comparison tables:

The C3 Project website can help you learn about definitions of the CHW workforce (Core Roles, Skills and Qualities) and similarities across states

The Common Indicators Project is working on standard methods and measures for research and evaluation