Introduction and Screening

This survey, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health, is part of a comprehensive capacity assessment of Community Health Workers in Ohio to understand how CHWs are currently utilized and how to improve CHW practice in Ohio. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will remain confidential. Thank you for participation in this important work!

Community Health Worker Definition:
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is defined by the American Public Health Association as “a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.”  

The CHW Core Consensus (C3) Project further defines common roles of a CHW:
  • Providing a cultural bridge among individuals, communities, and health and social service systems (act as bridge between providers and patients)
  • Providing culturally appropriate health education and information (health education/health promotion)
  • Providing care coordination, case management, and system navigation (assuring access to care)
  • Providing coaching and social support (provide one-on-one guidance to patient to help manage his/her health)
  • Advocating for individuals and communities (speaking up for the health needs of those served)
  • Building individual and community capacity (teaching those served how to manage their own health needs)
  • Providing direct service (e.g. taking blood pressure, diabetic foot care, etc.)
  • Implementing individual and community assessments (to determine needs and/or identify risks)
  • Conducting outreach (home visiting to provide education, assessment, and social support)

In Ohio, CHWs are known by many titles, which include but are not limited to:
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Care Coordinator
  • Community Connector
  • Community Health Advisor
  • Community Health Advocate
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Health Promoter
  • Community Health Representative
  • Community Integrator
  • Community Navigator
  • Health Coach
  • Health Navigator
  • Home Visitor
  • Lifestyle Change Worker
  • Maternal/Infant Health Outreach Specialist
  • Neighborhood Health Advisor
  • Outreach Worker/Specialist
  • Patient Navigator
  • Peer Counselor/Educator
  • Promotor(a) de Salud (health promoter)

* 1. Based on the description above, are you a Community Health Worker (CHW)?