Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHW) are front line public health workers who have shared experiences with the local communities they serve. In Tennessee where 91 of 95 counties are considered Health Professional Shortage Areas, CHWs have a unique opportunity to deliver culturally appropriate care and services.

Rural Health Association of Tennessee is leading the way in developing a rural-specific Community Health Worker (CHW) training. In January 2022, RHA of TN established a CHW Advisory Committee consisting of healthcare leaders employing CHWs. The committee will provide guidance on CHW training development and resources to support organizations employing CHWs.

Services for CHW Employers

  • Assist employers establish Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Programs
  • Community Heath Worker 101 Training
  • Professional development incentives for CHW
  • Community Health Worker instruction (under development)

To learn more about RHA's Community Health Worker program, contact Info@

CHW Resources

View our Building Vaccine Confidence in Rural Communities Toolkit


Thank You to our Funders!

Our Community Health Worker initiative is made possible by the generosity of the below funders:



This service was supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under GR-21-73441. The contents of this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you suspect fraud, waste, or abuse of these program funds, please notify a RHA representative and/or follow instructions linked here.