Community Health Workers (CHWs) come from the communities they serve, building trust and vital relationships. This trusting relationship enables the CHWs to be effective links between their own communities and systems of care. CHWs can help lower disparities in Minnesota by:
- providing access to services
- improving the quality and cultural competence of care
- creating an effective system of chronic disease management, and
- increasing the health knowledge and self sufficiency of underserved populations.
The Minnesota CHW workforce reflects the many faces of our state. CHWs represent immigrant and refugee groups from Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia as well as African-American, American Indian, Caucasian, and deaf communities.