What is Community Health?

Social Determinants of Health, SDoH

Ref: The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, 2022. www.countyhealthrankings.org

Community Health Worker, CHW

“Community Health Worker "means a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the community health worker to serve as a liaison, link, and intermediary between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to social services and improve the quality and cultural competency 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, including outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy. Nothing in this definition shall be construed to authorize a community health worker to provide direct care or treatment to any person or to perform any act or service for which a license issued by a professional licensing board is required.  Public Act 098-0796

CHW Interns

Semester or one-year-long Internships are available

Time Commitment: 12 – 20 hours/week; maybe more if participating in a research project

Remote Position:   Mainly remote, at times include onsite community outreach, Online training

Compensation:     Unpaid; all training such as CPR, AED, First Aid, & CHW will be paid by WFC; Upon successful completion, interns will receive a certificate of completion as well as a written recommendation that will include a detailed overview of the intern’s contributions and performance.

Qualifications: Current or post-college students of public health, biology, social work, nursing, and other related health care fields with prior experience in community service and a commitment to community health discipline. Must be dependable, demonstrate organizational skills, highly motivated with a passion to serve. Proficiency in Microsoft and Google suite of products along with technical expertise in social media and virtual networking.

Position Description: Candidates will be trained in community-based and patient-centered research areas with a special focus on the mosque-community population. They will provide virtual outreach, conduct surveys, and provide online consultations and education to community members. The program is designed to build competency in community health research and equip them with tools and techniques to run grant-funded projects.

Our CHW Model

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