Community Health Workers

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Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers - Overview

Community health workers provide basic medical care to the public.

They also educate community members on common medical conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Glaucoma

In addition, they often hold public health screenings to help detect diseases such as breast cancer and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). They also educate community members on substance abuse prevention and prenatal health.

Community health workers may also give immunizations and medicine. They work with different neighborhoods and areas on addressing specific health concerns. In some cases, they work with individuals and may help them get specialized medical treatment.

Preparing posters, pamphlets, and brochures about healthy living is also part of a community health worker's job.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.