Core Values


First and foremost, we endeavor to preserve and protect the identity and character of community health workers.  Trust is an essential part of the relationship that CHWs have with the communities they serve and it's also described in the national CHW definition.  Altering the CHW character changes how their community views them, threatening their established trust relationship, thereby rendering them impotent.  Training and certification are both issues with potential to significantly alter their character, membership, and how they are viewed in their communities.  These issues also present significant challenges to employers and funders of CHW programs, in that incorporating their role(s) in the health care system requires significant understanding on the part of individuals and organizations, to embrace their wisdom and approaches to working with community.  CHWs must speak to these issues in order to maintain their character and the trust they enjoy within their communities.


We support the development and cultivation of leaders within the CHW community.  We seek and support opportunities for CHWs to be placed in positions of leadership to giving rise to their voice and the promotion of CHW self-determination, whereby they themselves, inform all issues relevant to the practice.


We understand that inequalities are simply differences but that inequities are the product of unjust inequalities including racism, gender inequities, and poverty.  Community health workers are agents of change who pursue social justice through work with individuals and communities to improve social conditions.  We help CHWs understand the root causes of inequities and develop strategies to address them within the communities they serve.