Community Health Worker Employers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve a vital function, connecting patients, healthcare providers, and community resources, in both clinical and community-based settings. They are an important asset to healthcare organizations because they are trusted members of the communities they serve, building trust among populations who stand to benefit the most from increased access to care.


Expanding the Community Health Worker Workforce in Idaho

Implementing a CHW Program can benefit everyone. A growing body of research has shown that a CHW Program can help reduce health disparities for people with or at risk for chronic health conditions, improve health outcomes and access, promote better patient experience with a relationship-building approach, and decrease overall per capita costs (reduction in ER visits, hospital admissions, and missed healthcare appointments).

CHWs promote trust and build relationships in their communities to expand access to care in communities throughout Idaho. To learn more about implementing or enhancing a CHW Program in your organizations, please review the resources below.

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"A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of 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."
American Public Health Association
Community Health Worker Training in Idaho

Idaho State University's Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Academy provides the knowledge and skills necessary to build and strengthen CHWs. The Academy offers several different programs:

  • CHW Core Training Program
  • CHW Advanced Training
  • CHW Apprentice Training
  • CHW Supervisor Training

Contact the Academy at or (208) 282-2729.

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CHW Supervisor Training
The CHW Supervisor Training is designed for supervisors and other team members planning or establishing a CHW Program in their organization.  
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