University of Nebraska Medical Center

Community Health Worker Program

Our mission is to establish an evidence-based, sustainable community health worker training program in Nebraska to promote health equity and social justice.

Who are Community Health Workers?

"A Community Health Worker 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 worker 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." – American Public Health Association (2022)

A Venn diagram illustrating the overlapping roles of community health workers, social services and health systems and a separate overlapping relationship between community health workers and the community at large.

Disparity Impact Statement

The Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program at UNMC seeks to address health disparities and related social determinants of health by recruiting and rigorously training community health workers and promoting their integration into local health care delivery systems for the provision of holistic, patient-centered care.