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Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Community Health Workers

CHASM works closely with national, state, and local agencies and community-based organizations across the country to advance the profession of Community Health Workers (CHW).

"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence 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 such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy." - American Public Health Association, Community Health Workers. Published 2009.

CHWs as a lifeline - Bernice B. Rumala, Teresa Campos-Dominguez, Rumana S. Rabbani, Sergio Matos.

The following links contain more information and examples of CHW in action.

CHW Affiliates & Training


  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
    - Community Health Worker section
    Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah, Co-Chair, Policy Committee
    Rumana S. Rabbani, Co-Chair, Policy Committee
    - National CHW Racial Equity Summit, 2022
    Rumana Rabbani - Principal Investigator, co-Chair
    Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah, co-Principal Investigator, co-Chair
  • National CHW Association
    - CHW Identity, Leadership, & Organizational Capacity, Johnson & Johnson Grant
    Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah, (one of 9) Principal CHW
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
    CDC Initiative to Advance CHWs in Violence Prevention
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars program
    vRumana Rabbani, RWJF HPRS, cohort 4, Principal Investigator
    Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah, co-Principal Investigator
    CHW Sustainable & Equitable Payment, 2014-present
  • Common Indicators, Advisory Board
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
    Rumana Rabbani, Evaluator/Data Analyst
  • Community Health Worker Southeast Regional Network
    Rumana Rabbani, Summit Planning Committee

State and Local

  • NC CHW Association
    Rumana Rabbani - Co-chair
    Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah - Advisory Board
  • NC Community Health Worker Work Group: NCAHEC, NCDHHS, ORH, OMH
  • NC CHW Clinical Integration workgroup
  • NC ECHO trainings
  • NC Advanced Medical Homes
  • CHW Readiness tool
  • CHW Roles
  • ECHO trainings
  • Equity and Inclusion, MAHEC
  • Presenters, CHW NC Summit, Oct 2021
  • Racial Equity & CHW Cultural trainings

CHASM is headquartered in the Sokoto House at 1219 Dawson St. Wilmington NC.


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