Community Health Worker Program

What We Do

Community Health Workers (CHWs) connect community members to culturally appropriate health education and information, give social support and informal counseling, and advocate for individual and community health needs.

CHW community baby shower Two African American ladies wearing black tops with blue DHEC lanyards hold up displays from their COVID DHEC table CHW Robbin and community health educator Kiara at an event at Francis Marion University. Resource fair at USC-Lancaster

Advocacy

We empower community members to improve the health and social well-being of their community by identifying and resolving issues that increase health disparities. (i.e., transportation, lack of accessibility, food insecurity, etc.)

Care Navigation

We assist individuals with identifying and enrolling in health and human services. (i.e., WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, etc.)

Health Services

We partner with the community to coordinate mobile vaccination and testing clinics to minimize risk of vaccine preventable diseases.

Outreach & Education

We share information on health topics that will increase health knowledge and improve quality of life. (i.e., one-on-one health coaching, presentations, workshops, education tables, etc.)

Contact your local DHEC Community Health Workers:

Community Health Worker Certification Program

DHEC and the Community Health Worker Institute (CHWI) are partnering to train members of the public who want to become certified Community Health Workers (CHWs). The institute will train participants at no cost; full tuition is covered through funding provided by DHEC. Visit the Community Health Worker Certification Program page to learn more.

Apply to be a Community Health Worker!

We are currently hiring Community Health Workers. Check your eligibility and apply at scdhec.gov/careers.