NACHW does not endorse any specific CHW training program or curriculum. We encourage CHWs and other stakeholders seeking training to look for CHW training and educational programs based on nationally recognized competencies, that include CHWs in development of their curricula, including CHWs as faculty and that use adult educational techniques to draw on trainees’ existing knowledge and life experiences.
CHW Standard Occupational Classification
NACHW proudly recognizes the organizing and advocacy work that CHWs nationwide undertook to help secure our unique Standard Occupational Classification (#21-1094) under the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics. We encourage CHWs and allies to support accurate tracking of the CHW workforce by ensuring that CHWs are appropriately classified as such – particularly in the 2020 Census. We also encourage CHWs and allies to participate in ongoing opportunities to engage with the DOL regarding the workforce definition and tracking. The Department of Labor’s CHW page can be found here.
NACHW recognizes and affirms the purpose of the Community Health Worker Core Consensus (C3) Project — to gather information from CHWs in many different roles and settings across the U.S. about the wide range of activities they conduct and the skills and personal qualities they apply to those activities. C3 included significant CHW leadership and engaged diverse CHWs, CHW networks, and CHW allies across the country. NACHW believes the information presented by C3 can serve as a basis for ongoing dialogue with CHWs and CHW allies to advance a better understanding of the full potential of diverse CHWs to improve health and strengthen communities.
CHW policies of the American Public Health Association (APHA) endorsed by NACHW
- 2001 policy in support of CHWs’ contributions to meeting the nation’s healthcare needs.
- 2009 policy with definition in support for CHWs’ ability to increase access and reduce inequities.
- 2014 policy in support of CHW self-determination and leadership.