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Community Health Workers - 21-1094.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. May deliver health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Apprise Counselor
  • Community Health Outreach Worker
  • Community Health Program Coordinator
  • Community Health Program Representative (Community Health Program Rep)
  • Community Health Promoter
  • Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • HIV CTS Specialist (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Counseling and Testing Services Specialist)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

No information available.


  • Administer immunizations or other basic preventive treatments.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to diagnostic screenings, such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, glaucoma tests, or diabetes screenings.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions, such as lead poisoning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prenatal substance abuse, or domestic violence.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to sanitation or hygiene, such as flossing or hand washing.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to self-care, such as diabetes management.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to social or intellectual development, such as education, childcare, or problem solving.
  • Advise clients or community groups to ensure parental understanding of the importance of childhood immunizations and how to access immunization services.
  • Advocate for individual or community health needs with government agencies or health service providers.
  • Assist families to apply for social services, including Medicaid or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
  • Attend community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members.
  • Collect information from individuals to compile vital statistics about the general health of community members.
  • Conduct home visits for pregnant women, newborn infants, or other high-risk individuals to monitor their progress or assess their needs.
  • Contact clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions.
  • Develop plans or formal contracts for individuals, families, or community groups to improve overall health.
  • Distribute flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
  • Identify or contact members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women.
  • Identify the particular health care needs of individuals in a community or target area.
  • Interpret, translate, or provide cultural mediation related to health services or information for community members.
  • Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
  • Monitor nutrition of children, elderly, or other high-risk groups.
  • Perform basic diagnostic procedures, such as blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, or communicable disease screening.
  • Provide basic health services, such as first aid.
  • Provide feedback to health service providers regarding improving service accessibility or acceptability.
  • Refer community members to needed health services.
  • Report incidences of child or elder abuse, neglect, or threats of harm to authorities, as required.
  • Teach appropriate parenting behaviors to individuals or families.
  • Teach classes or otherwise disseminate medical or dental health information to school groups, community groups, or targeted families or individuals, in a manner consistent with cultural norms.
  • Transport or accompany clients to scheduled health appointments or referral sites.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise clients or community groups on health issues.
  • Advise others on social or educational issues.
  • Advocate for individual or community needs.
  • Assess individual or community needs for educational or social services.
  • Collect information about community health needs.
  • Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
  • Develop working relationships with others to facilitate program activities.
  • Help clients get needed services or resources.
  • Interpret cultural or religious information for others.
  • Lead classes or community events.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Monitor nutrition related activities of individuals or groups.
  • Plan programs to address community health issues.
  • Provide basic health care services.
  • Provide educational materials to community members.
  • Recommend legal actions.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families.
  • Transport clients to appointments.
  • Visit individuals in their homes to provide support or information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Army Public Health Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Correctional Counselor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Critical Care Nursing (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Advanced Clinical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Comprehensive (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Dental Materials Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, General Clinical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Hospital Dentistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Public Health (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diet Therapy (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dietitian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dietitian (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency Nursing (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Generalist Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • International Health Specialists (IHS) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Surgical Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Navv Drug and Alcohol Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Perioperative Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Officer (Public Health) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Preventive Medicine Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Public Health (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Health Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Health Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Health Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Health Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Health Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Health/Preventive Dentistry Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Religious Program Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Safety (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Inspector (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Safety Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Social Work (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Social Worker (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Special Forces Medical Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Substance Abuse Control Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Wellness Coach

DOT Crosswalk Titles

No information available.