Across the country, CHWs are organizing professional associations or networks at local, regional and state levels. CHW associations advocate for CHWs and the communities they serve. They give CHWs a means of gaining additional skills, getting support and recognition, sharing resources and strategies with peers and creating a unified policy advocacy voice for the workforce. If there is no network in your area, think about starting one. Contact the network nearest you for information and strategies about organizing. Also, please refer to the website of the CHW Section of the APHA for a listing of CHW organizations across the country. DPH supports the commitment of CHWs as they organize. The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers, founded in 2000, is one of the oldest in the country, as well as the oldest in New England.

Regional CHW Networks in Massachusetts

This information is provided by the Office of Community Health Workers within the Department of Public Health.