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  • Massachusetts Working Draft Code of Ethics

    How will the national document (AACHW) be adopted for CHWs in Massachusetts? As of February 2016, a new draft is now available for review. Additional comments can be submitted to Stay tuned as MACHW continues to finalize this document.

  • CHWs: We Need You

    We thank you for your continued encouragement and support in helping us through this transition. We are ecstatic about the momentum the field is gaining nationally and certain that with your help will flourish in ways yet unimagined!

  • MACHW merges with the Center for Health Impact™ (formerly Central Mass AHEC)

    This is a natural alliance as both organizations have worked closely for the past 15 years in promoting CHWs and the positive impact they have on health access, quality, and equity.

  • 2016 Awards Call for CHW Nominations Now Open!

    Awards Call for Nominations are now being accepted for the APHA Community Health Workers (CHW) Section. The APHA CHW Section wants to recognize and honor the outstanding service, dedication, and excellence of individuals and groups of individuals who serve their communities as Community Health Workers (CHWs).

Who Are CHW's

“A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services 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.” -- APHA definition  LEARN MORE

Board of Certification


The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers continues to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Division of Health Professions Licensure, 239 Causeway St, Boston (near North Station T stop) in Conference Rooms 417 A&B. The meeting dates for 2016 are posted on the Board's website. The agenda for subsequent meetings will be posted one week prior to the meeting. The Board of Certification meetings are open to the public. MACHW members are welcome to attend.  You may click below on the 'Onepager' button for a quick summary of the latest updates.

Board of Certification Latest Updates

MACHW's Mission Statement

To strengthen the professional identity of community health workers (CHWs), foster leadership among CHWs,

and promote the integration of CHWs into the health care, public health and human service workforce.

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