Community Health Workers

The North Carolina Community Health Workers (CHW) section provides a dedicated area for community health workers and allies to access information at the local, state and national levels. It also serves as the home for the North Carolina CHW Alliance and a compendium of resources, events and news about opportunities for certification, core competency training and specialty training offerings.

NC CHW COVID-19 Initiative

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today announced its selection of seven vendors to hire and manage over 250 Community Health Workers, who will be deployed in 50 targeted counties to connect North Carolinians affected by COVID-19 with needed services and support. More information can be found by clicking on the following link: NCDHHS Selects Vendors to Supervise 250+ New Community Health Workers in 50 Counties with COVID-19 Hot Spots

CHW COVID-19 Initiative Program Profile with Vendor Information: Link Here

What is a Community Health Worker?

“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. A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.” American Public Health Association Community Health Worker Section.

NC Community Health Worker Final Report and Stakeholder Recommendations, May 2018

The link below has information concerning the roles of NC CHW, standard competency expectations, training standards, certifications and stakeholder recommendations.
Community Health Workers in North Carolina

About the NC Community Health Worker Initiative


Ramon Negron 
Community Health Worker Program Specialist