Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Center

Massachusetts established one of the first CHW programs in the country under the Economic Opportunities Act of 1964. Since that time, the CHW workforce has continued to grow. Strong CHW leadership in Massachusetts, with support from MDPH, organized the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) in 2000. MACHW leaders are policy advocates on the state and national level, have built key collaborations in Massachusetts and have participated in state and national studies on the CHW workforce. MACHW continues to be a voice for both the CHW workforce and the expansion of access to health care for the state's underserved communities.

In 2009 MACHW collaborated with key partners to craft the bill An Act to Establish a Board of Certification of Community Health Workers, House, No. 4130, under consideration by the Legislature.

CHW Organizations in Massachusetts

There are many organizations in MA that support CHWs. Below you will find links to CHW advocacy organizations, training programs, and workforce development initiatives.

Statewide CHW Associations

CHW Advocacy Organizations

CHW Training Programs

Other CHW Support Organizations

National CHW Resources

There are many CHW resources available nationwide. A number of states have implemented legislation and written reports regarding the financing, training, and sustainability of the CHW workforce. Nationally, many organizations have published studies on CHWs that highlight the current status of the workforce and impacts CHWs have on the health care system. There are also many national organizations that advocate for CHW policy issues, including the CHW Special Primary Interest Group of the American Public Health Association and the newly formed American Association of Community Health Workers.

National Resources






Health Disparities

National CHW Organizations

State Resources

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

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