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Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut
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"We are Community Health Workers"

The Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut (CHWACT) is a section of the CT Public Health Association and acts as the statewide professional association for Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Connecticut. This section seeks to promote the community's voice within the health care system through the development of the role of Community Health Workers and provides a forum to share resources and strategies. We are CHWs who go by many job titles and work in a variety of work settings or programs, and we are CHW supervisors, allies and advocates. 


Overview of the Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut (ppt)


Our Mission and Core Values

CHWACT's mission is to advance the Community Health Worker workforce through policy, education, research and leadership.

CHANGE: We believe in the effectiveness of CHWs empowerment to transform individuals and communities.

JUSTICE: We protect the capacity of CHWs to function ethically and with care. We accomplish this with integrity and courage.

LEADERSHIP: We take steps to advance the CHW workforce and inspire others to join us.

A Community Health Worker is...

… a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of, and ability to communicate with the community served.

This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison-link-intermediary among the community, health and social services to facilitate access to resources and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

A CHW 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.

Association Activities

  • Provide information, education and capacity-building for CHWs, CHW employers, CHW champions and community members
  • Offer networking and professional development opportunities for CHWs
  • Influence CHW-related policymaking and advocate for a strong, sustainable CHW workforce in Connecticut
  • Collect and share current data impacting the CHW workforce in Connecticut, New England and the U.S.

How to Get Involved

    There are two ways to become a member and support CHWACT:

    1. Community Health Workers can become a member for $25. Membership applications must first be approved before officially becoming a member of CHWACT.

    2. If you are not a Community Health Worker, but would still like to support and participate in the CHWACT Section, there is a $25 fee in addition to your CPHA membership fee.