Community Health Workers are individuals who work to improve the health and well-being of people in their communities. They are often seen as the bridge between healthcare providers and patients, providing support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families. The Strong Interest Inventory Assessment Social Theme Code indicates that individuals with a strong interest in this career are likely to enjoy helping others, being of service, and working in a social and supportive environment. These individuals may also enjoy learning about health and wellness and working with diverse populations.

Community health workers can specialize in a variety of areas, such as disease management, health education, and outreach. Some may focus on serving specific populations, such as the homeless, refugees, or individuals with mental health conditions. Others may specialize in specific health areas, such as diabetes management or maternal and child health. CHWs may also work with healthcare providers to develop and implement programs that address specific health needs in the community.

Community health workers use electronic health records (EHR) systems, patient management software, and various communication tools such as email, text messaging, and videoconferencing. They may also use educational materials such as brochures, posters, and videos to help educate patients about health and wellness. In addition, they may use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access information and communicate with patients and healthcare providers. The technology used can vary widely depending on the specific role, the community they serve, and the resources available to the organization they work for.

Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) Social Theme Code Community Health Worker Career

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Community health workers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, though some states and employers may require a postsecondary certificate which may involve taking courses and passing an exam, or an associate’s degree. On-the-job training, which may include shadowing experienced workers, learning about relevant laws and regulations, and studying community resources and programs, is typical. 

An education in community health typically covers the principles and practices of promoting and improving public health. This can include courses in health education, epidemiology, health behavior, health promotion, and disease prevention. Students in community health programs learn about the social and environmental factors that impact health outcomes and gain an understanding of the ways in which community health initiatives can address these factors. 

Additionally, students may also study health policy and administration, as well as research methods, program evaluation, and grant writing. This education provides a strong foundation for careers in community health, including positions in government health agencies, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers, among others.

In around 200 words, briefly describe the salary. What can be done to augment or increase their salary? Do not respond with bullet points or lists. Do not repeat information or key phrases that have already been used in the previous answers. Community health workers can explore different sectors and industries to find opportunities for career advancement and higher salaries. Some of the most profitable sectors for them include healthcare, social services, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. They can look for positions in public health, community health outreach and education, health promotion and advocacy, and patient navigation. They can also consider working in high-needs areas, such as rural and underserved communities, where their skills and services are in high demand.

Below are some employment trends for Community Health Workers:

  •     Median Salary:     $22.40 hourly, $46,590 annual
  •     Employment:     67,000 employees
  •     Projected growth (2021-2031): Much faster than average (11% or higher)
  •     Projected job openings (2021-2031):     8,800
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2014-2022 employment projections]

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2018-2028 employment projections