Details Report for:
21-1094.00 - Community Health Workers
Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- 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.
- Attend community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with 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.
- 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 communicative 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.
- 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.
- Assist families to apply for social services, including Medicaid or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
- Collect information from individuals to compile vital statistics about the general health of community members.
- Develop plans or formal contracts for individuals, families, or community groups to improve overall health.
- Report incidences of child or elder abuse, neglect, or threats of harm to authorities, as required.
- Transport or accompany clients to scheduled health appointments or referral sites.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars|
|Electronic blood pressure units — Automated blood pressure cuffs|
|Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits|
|Facsimile machines — Fax machines|
|Glucose monitors or meters — Blood glucose monitoring equipment|
|Inkjet printers — Computer ink jet printers|
|Laser printers — Computer laser printers|
|Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure cuffs|
|Notebook computers — Laptop computers|
|Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment|
|Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Data base user interface and query software — Client databases; Microsoft Access|
|Desktop publishing software — Microsoft Publisher|
|Internet browser software — Web browser software|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
|100||Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.|
|83||Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.|
|83||Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
|58||Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.|
|56||Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.|
|56||Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.|
Wages & Employment Trends
Employment data collected from Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other.
Industry data collected from Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other.
|Median wages (2012)||$16.64 hourly, $34,620 annual|
|Employment (2010)||121,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Faster than average (20% to 28%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||52,600|
|Top industries (2010)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (37% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.