“My goal is to ensure that each person gets the best possible care so they live longer and healthier and make wiser decisions.  I show each person that they are important and that they matter.”

Rainelle Walker-White
Family Van

“I am humbled and blessed to serve our families. I work to bridge the gap between patients and health care providers with education, support and access to resources.  If patients reach their best health and quality of life, I am happy to be part of the health care team.”

Niem Naykret
Behavioral Health Integration Care Coordinator/CHW | Lowell Community Health Center

“I am a proud Latina, change agent, innovator and leader. My role is to advocate, educate, promote health equity and build healthy communities. I have faith in the power of LOVE and UNITY.”

Jamie Berberena
Regional Chapter Coordinator | MA Association of Community Health Workers

“My mission is to reduce health disparities and foster healthier communities. I want to be a part of the solution to the challenges facing our communities, health care, public health and social services systems.”

Shawn Matthews
Program Coordinator, Infectious Disease and Special Populations | Whittier Street Health Center

Who Are Community Health Workers?

We May Come With Various Job Titles:

health navigators, outreach workers, community health advisors, peer health educators, family partners, promotores, peer support specialists, recovery coaches, therapeutic mentors, youth workers…

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And…Our Work Always Includes:

  • Building trust between underserved communities and healthcare providers
  • Opening doors to care for vulnerable residents
  • Helping people navigate the health and behavioral health systems
  • Coaching people to adopt healthy behaviors
  • Linking people to resources such as housing, food and other basic needs
  • Preventing unnecessary hospitalizations through prevention and early intervention