Core Values

Community Health Workers play a unique role in promoting well-being in our communities. They are the bridge between communities and the traditional health care and human service systems. They work to build community capacity to ensure that communities are active participants in improving their health status. The foundation of Community Health Workers rests on the core values that define their profession. These core values are based on the history, unique role and ongoing development of the field. These core values reflect a broad definition of healthy communities and include:

Value: Access

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers strive to ensure equal access to services. All persons have the right to access health care, human services and support services needed to improve health.

Value: Acceptance

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers strive to remain open-minded and are accepting of others and everybody’s individual differences. They are inclusive and accepting on all levels.

Value: Advocacy & Education

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers educate, inform, and advocate for communities, individuals and the field of community health work. CHW’s develop the capacity of individuals and communities to advocate for themselves by educating and informing.

Value: Excellence

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers strive for excellence by providing quality services and the most accurate information available to individuals and communities.

Value: Learning

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers embrace learning as life long, including life experiences and traditional learning. We seek ongoing opportunities for education and training to expand our knowledge base and skills.

Value: Partnership

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers are partners in the design, implementation and evaluation of CHW programs. Communities, families and individuals are partners in determining their needs. They pursue equitable partnerships with other professionals including health care and social service providers.

Value: Self-determination

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers shall determine the direction of the field. They will make the decisions concerning training and education best practices, policy development and define the field of community health workers.

Value: Social Justice

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers are agents of change. They pursue social change through work with community members to improve social conditions.

Value: Strength

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers assist families to acknowledge strengths and build upon them. All communities and families have strengths.

Value: Trust

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers have earned the trust of individuals and communities. They respect that trust and work hard to maintain a trusting relationship with individuals and communities.

Value: Unity

Ethical Principle: Community Health Workers regardless of discipline, region of the country, job title, and work within or outside of traditional systems are unified in their work to reduce disparities.