Community Health Worker

  • About
  • Local Health Challenge
  • Global Health Strategy
  • G2L Solution
  • Results to Date
  • Opportunities for Scale
  • For More Information

About

Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker that is a trusted member of the local community and has a deep understanding of the barriers faced by the communities they serve.

Local Health Challenge

SeaTac/Tukwila is one of the nation’s most diverse communities – from language and cultural background to country-of-origin, and socioeconomic circumstance.  A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker that is a trusted member of the local community and has a deep understanding of the barriers faced by the communities they serve. This establishes trust within the community and enables the community health worker to serve as a liaison by providing health education, connecting people with essential services, and coordinating with primary care providers to ensure that medical advice is understood and being followed. In addition, CHWs can help overcome language and cultural barriers to provide on-site services in situations where clients can’t always make it to a doctor’s office. 

Global Health Strategy

  • Training Community Health Workers (CHWs) - Not all health information needs to come from a doctor or nurse. People recruited from local communities can be trained to provide health education, connect people with essential services, and coordinate with primary care providers.  

G2L Solution

Community Health Promotion: 8-week Weight Loss Program

Community Health Promoters of the Latino and Somali communities have partnered with the Matt Griffin-YMCA and the Tukwila Community Center to run an 8-week weight loss program that includes weekly physical activity and personalized support over the phone. Our goal is to close the gap between clinical care and a healthier lifestyle by enrolling Latino and Somali patients from local community clinics that have been referred by their provider. We offer classes that suit the needs of each community and address barriers such as language, childcare, transportation, and motivation.

Results to Date

  • The two communities recently completed their third cycle, marking the mid-point of the program’s projected seven cycles. Our preliminary analysis shows that on average, the Somali class has 29 women in attendance at the Tukwila Community Center. The Latina program, led by a part-time community health promoter, has 19 women in attendance at the Matt-Griffin YMCA. Complete evaluation results to follow.

Opportunities for Scale

The Community Health Promoter Program welcomes partnerships that will allow us to expand our services and reach more communities locally and nationally.   

For More Information

Aisha, Community Health Worker II: aisha@globaltolocal.org, (206) 356- 5499