Title : Training and skill development of community health workers: A comprehensive model
Community health workers, often known as CHWs, are members of the general public who collaborate with their communities' respective healthcare delivery networks in either a paid or unpaid capacity. CHWs can be found in both urban and rural settings. The majority of CHWs and the persons they assist share similar cultural traits, linguistic abilities, financial backgrounds, and experiences in life. They are sometimes referred to as peer health educators, peer health promoters, outreach educators, community health representatives, or lay health advocates. All of these titles fall under the umbrella term "peer health." CHWs advocate for the needs of both people and the community as a whole, in addition to providing culturally competent health education and information, assisting patients in obtaining the treatment they require, providing informal counselling and advise on healthy practises, and assisting patients in receiving the care they require.CHWs have a unique ability to transmit information to areas of the community where it is most required as a result of the fact that they typically reside inside the community that they serve. The people of the community can be reached wherever they are, even when they are eating, sleeping, playing, working, or worshipping. CHWs play an important role as change agents on the front lines, contributing to the reduction of health disparities in underprivileged areas.