Community Health Workers

Tools & Resources

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted members of their community who empower their peers through education and connections to health and social resources. CHWs in Region V have specific challenges and support needs compared to other public health and clinical workers. This growing toolkit of resources can provide training, community, and support to these incredibly important public health workers.

Take a look below, and be sure to connect with us on social media!

RVPHTC Trainings

We are dedicated to providing training in a variety of modalities to fit the needs of CHWs in our region. Check out the offerings below and know we will be continually adding to this section as new trainings launch.

Podcast, Part 3 - Resilience Strategies for Community Health Workers

Guest: Porsche Fischer, MA, MS, Education & Registry Manager, Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance

Listen: Resilience Strategies for Community Health Workers

View the transcript for Part 3. 

CE will be available for CHWs only, via MiCHWA.

Podcast - Community Health Workers’ Role in DEI

Guest: Andrea Krotzer-Burton, NCHW, MCHWI – Vice President of Training, Everyday Life Consulting

Guest: Mike Young, MA, CHW – Health Equity Consultant DEI Training Specialist, Everyday Life Consulting

Listen: Community Health Workers’ Role in DEI

View the transcript for the “Community Health Workers’ Role in DEI” episode.

Additional Resources:

CHWs: Trusted Communicators in Public Health (On Demand-CE)

Course LogoCommunity Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted communicators who effectively disseminate health information within their communities. In this panel-based recorded webinar, participants will learn about the role of CHWs, how they strategically serve their communities, and ways in which CHWs can be incorporated into public health practice. Panelists consist of experienced CHWs who will share their perspectives and experiences in the field.

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Blog Post - Community Health Workers: A Vital Workforce in Need of Systemic Support

Group of people talking with one anotherPublic health and healthcare – along with funders, nonprofits, and the business community – have a role to play in advocating with and for community health workers. Systemic support of this vital workforce starts with listening to CHWs, increasing our knowledge of how CHWs are essential in centering the lived experience of people in communities most impacted by unfair policy, practice and resource allocation.

By partnering across sectors, we can work together to shine a light on these essential workers, ensure more CHWs are in local communities, are fully supported and sustained, and create career pathways through leadership opportunities within our systems – well into the 21st Century.

Read the Blog Post

Additional Resources

The items below are both about CHWs and for CHWs. Check them out and reach out to us at if there are other resources we could share!

Utilizing Community Health Workers in Unique and Non-Traditional Settings (On Demand-No CE)

This recorded webinar from June 2, 2022 focused on efforts for CHWs and by CHWs in Region 5. Representatives from various organizations will describe the training of CHWs and how their usage has enhanced services provided. It was organized by the Region 5 Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


  • Dany Zemmel – Region V Public Health Training Center
  • Maria Barker – Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.
  • Barbara Locke and LaShawn Reece – Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG) Detroit

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Download the speaker bios and slides from the presentation.

COVID-19 Vaccination Tip Sheet for CHWs

This tip sheet from Health Outreach Partners outlines best practices of COVID-19 vaccination outreach for CHWs and clinicians. Best practices include: talking about vaccination and encouraging uptake, dispelling misinformation and addressing vaccine hesitancy, and focusing on community-centered outreach approaches. Nationwide, CHWs and clinicians are making a difference in their communities’ ongoing COVID-19 response. This tip sheet is meant to support those efforts as we continue to respond to the changing environment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Envision CHW Training & Technical Assistance

CHWs and CHW allies: interested in training, technical assistance, continuing education, COVID-19 and resilience guidance, and/or job opportunities? Check out the variety of resources available here from Envision, a collaborative of CHWs and CHW allies working with CDC support to elevate the role of CHWs. 

Migrant Clinicians Network - Helping the Helpers Comic Book

This comic highlights the importance of taking care of oneself to take care of others. Available in English and Spanish, the comic follows a day in the life of a community health worker during COVID. View the Migrant Clinicians Network website to download the comic and learn more.

Resources & Findings from the Community Health Worker Core Consensus Project

This Community Health Worker Core Consensus Project webpage provides resources for engaging a community health worker workforce.

“I am a CHW” Campaign

Rural Community Health Worker Network (RCHWN)

The RCHWN has launched a campaign dedicated to recognizing Community Health Workers and the valuable contributions they make in their communities. With a downloadable toolkit and editable templates, you can easily join the campaign on social media to share your CHW story. Take a look and join the conversation today!

Region V Map

Regional Community Health Worker Associations

There are CHW organizations in every state of our region which provide curriculum, support, and opportunities to CHWs. Use these links to locate and contact associations who can further support you.

Greater Cleveland Community Health Workers Association (GCCHWA)
Illinois CHW Association
Indiana CHW Association
Michigan CHW Alliance
Minnesota CHW Alliance
WIN Network Detroit
US Map

National Community Health Worker Associations

Listed here are a variety of national CHW organizations which commonly serve groups with specific needs. There are resources for members, partners, and individual CHWs across the country.

CHW Core Consensus Project
MHP Salud
National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)
Rural Community Health Worker Network (RCHWN)
Women‑Inspired Neighborhood Network (WIN Network)