Community Health Worker

It is important to work together with community stakeholders for the community health nurse to provide health promotion to the community population. “A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member or has a particularly good understanding of the community served” (cdc.gov, 2016). Community stakeholders are residents, community groups, church groups, government workers, business owners, and neighborhood leaders and they influence the community to live in a healthy environment. There are many factors affecting the health of that community which are number and availability of health care institutions and services, police and fire departments, waste disposal services and locations, air and water pollution, health education services and dissemination, violent crimes and drug use. Nurse who practice community-based nursing provide interventions to manage acute or chronic health problems, promote health, and facilitate self-care. Nursing care provided within a community must be culturally competent and family centered. It is important to consider community resources as part of a community assessment because they can help community health nurse to implement health promotion activities and educate the community as needed. Primary and secondary health promotion can be achieved by their help. They also aid for funding community health promotion activities. So, it is important for these resources to be considered when working with community population.

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