CHWs in Utah

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted members of the neighborhoods where they serve. They are trained lay people who provide education, guidance and social support, while serving as a liaison for health care providers and social services. CHWs share a connection with their communities because they understand the culture and language where they live and work.

Titles for CHWs vary—promotor(a), patient advocate, health navigator, etc. They also work or volunteer in different settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, community-based organizations, non-profits, and health insurance companies. Generally, Community Health Workers offer the following:


  • Language interpretation
  • Culturally appropriate health information
  • Assistance with applying for social services
  • Guidance for overcoming barriers
  • Informal counseling
  • Setting and achieving health goals
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For additional information about Community Health Workers or to join the CHW Coalition, contact Rachel Black at the Utah Department of Health,