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  • Massachusetts Working Draft Code of Ethics

    How will the national document (AACHW) be adopted for CHWs in Massachusetts? As of May 2016, an updated draft is available for review (click on picture). 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!

  • 2016 CSHO Unity Conference

    Unity 2016 addresses the role CHWs play in creating access to care, reducing care costs, and promoting healthy and happy communities. The conference stresses the importance of CHWs to the delivery of health and health reform; promoting social justice; shaping policy and practice; return on investment; and methods of overcoming barriers to CHW program success.

  • APHA’s 144th Annual Meeting and Expo

    Taking place in Denver, Colorado this year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will hold its 144th Annual Meeting and Exposition October 29-November 2, 2016.

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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