In recent years, community health workers (CHWs) have gained recognition as an important part of the health care system. At the same time, it has become increasingly clear that a person’s environment has a far greater impact on their health and wellbeing than access to health care or use of health care services. Individuals with low income communities of color are more likely to experience environmental burdens that lead to poor health outcomes. Over the past two years, a coalition of partners has developed a program in which CHWs in Hispanic/Latino communities take a leading role in organizing them to impact policies, systems and environments that affect community health. CHWs, are in fact, ideally suited to organize communities to increase health equity as catalysts for social change that improve community health and wellbeing.
"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.