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A Summary of state community health worker laws
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    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
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    Community health workers (CHWs), also known as community health advocates, lay health educators, community health representatives, promotores de salud, and various other terms, are “community members who work almost exclusively in community settings and who serve as connectors between health care consumers and providers to promote health among groups that have traditionally lacked access to adequate health care.” Because CHWs live in the communities they serve, CHWs are uniquely qualified as connectors because they speak the language of their community, know what is meaningful, and recognize cultural buffers. CHWs connect individuals to health services and educate providers about the unique needs of the community.


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