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Changing Health within the Community

Community News & Info

In the Words of CHWs

" I loved coming to class because I knew I would learn something interesting or even new at every class."

Jaqueda P.

Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative

"Being a Community Health Worker has opened many doors for me. I love helping my Community, there's just no other way of saying it. The population I work with changes now and then but if it wasn't for this training and the tools I've been given, I would not be as successful as I am today. I'm grateful to say I've been in this role for 4 years now with so much knowledge and integrity. It may seem scary at first, but the key I would say is to know who or where to turn to when you need help, whether it be with resources, or how to deal with others. Best of luck to those who are coming into this role. You will not be disappointed! ."

Gilary D. C-S

St. Luke's University Health Network

About the CHW Collaborative

The PA Community Health Worker (CHW) Collaborative is a growing local, regional, and statewide network focused on working together to address individual and community health. It's not something new necessarily, perhaps more a way of organizing active collaboration, education, and support around community health workers in our health centers, community organizations, and neighborhoods. 


A Community Health Worker (CHW) is an individual who contributes to improved health outcomes in the community where they reside and/or where they share ethnicity, language and life experiences. Community Health Workers proactively serve as a liaison between communities and healthcare agencies, provide guidance and social assistance to community residents, advocate for individuals and community health, provide referrals and follow up services for care and so much more.

Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) regions offer a 100-hour CHW training program designed to provide the core competencies needed for CHWs to work in community-based organizations and in outpatient and inpatient medical settings, as well as apply for state certification as a Community Health Worker. Training classes also attend to and incorporate a trauma-informed approach to care, and this mindset reaches beyond the classroom as an organizing principle of the collaborative: to support and strengthen individuals engaged in community health work and the organizations who employ them. 

Our hope is to be part of something greater than the sum of its parts. 

PA CHW Collaborative Partners