Community Health Workers (CHWs) are front-line health workers who facilitate access to healthcare, connect patients to services in their communities, and reduce health disparities. Because CHWs have a trusted relationship and demonstrated knowledge of the communities they serve, they help improve the lives of patients all across the state. Georgia Watch wants to see formalized state recognition of this growing group of healthcare professionals.
A state certification for Community Health Workers (CHWs) can address training, assessment, and continuing education needs for the roles for these frontline healthcare professionals. A voluntary, well designed, and well-implemented state certification process would help sustain the CHW workforce by providing recognition for this growing group of health professionals and ensuring reimbursement from third party payors for their services. We support efforts to standardize and sustain the CHW workforce in Georgia.