Nebraska Community Health Worker

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Health Worker Summit has been cancelled.

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is an individual who:

  • Serves as a liaison/link between public health, health care, behavioral health services, social services and the community to assist individuals and communities in adopting healthy behaviors;
  • Conducts outreach that promotes and improves individual and community health; and
  • Facilitates access to services, decreases health disparities, and improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery in Nebraska.

A CHW is a trusted member of, or has good understanding of, the community they serve. They are able to build trusting relationships and are able to link individuals with the systems of care in the communities they serve. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. CHW is an umbrella term used to define other professional titles. 

Nebraska Community Health Worker community

In Nebraska, many partners and stakeholders are supporting the development of the CHW workforce. In 2019, Nebraska's Maternal Child Health Title V program contributes by:

  • Providing opportunities for CHWs to learn and network together;
  • Investing in statewide and state-level consensus work among CHWs and stakeholders to identify sustainable business models for CHWs;
  • Promoting the adoption of evidence-based team models to improve population health outcomes that include CHWs as respected and valued members; and
  • Working with others to assure a well-prepared and sustainable CHW workforce in Nebraska.  

CHW partners and stakeholders:

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