Celebrating who we are, commemorating our achievements, & collaborating with equity
*** HELD ON AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2023 ***
National CHW Awareness Week (NCHAW) was the first ever national campaign with CHWs at the center! The National Association of Community Health Workers developed this event to increase awareness of CHW identity, roles, impact on communities, and leadership – and to promote policies that respect, protect and authentically partner with the CHW profession.
During August 28-September 1, 2023, nearly 80 organizations nationwide participated in the inaugural National Community Health Worker Awareness Week (NCHWAW). The first-ever national campaign of its kind, NCHWAW was created and coordinated by the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) to encourage community health workers and allies across the U.S. to celebrate, commemorate, and collaborate with each other and to raise awareness of the diversity of the community health worker profession, workforce, and movement. Throughout history and around the world, community health workers have used a variety of methods to promote connection, health, and wellbeing within and across individuals, communities, systems, and sectors. For over 60 years, community health workers in the U.S. have advocated and organized to articulate their professional identity and legacy. CHWAW was created as both a means of advocacy and as a celebration for CHWs.
Thanks to your support and interest, we even received acknowledgement at the highest level of government!:
Congress Recognizes Community Health Workers Through Awareness Week Resolution
On September 29th, Senator Bob Casey, Jr., and Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. introduced a resolution designating the week of August 28 – September 1 as “National Community Health Worker Awareness Week.” U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mazie Hirono, and Alex Padilla co-sponsored the resolution in the Senate. Read more here!
NACHW has released our retrospective report on the inaugural CHW Awareness Week! Read the report here!
On behalf of the NACHW founders, directors, and staff, we would like to thank each individual and organization, who took time to celebrate, commemorate, and collaborate in activities that lifted up community health workers from diverse races, ethnicities, languages, genders, geographies, sectors, and experiences.
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