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Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers


Main Topic: Human Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society

Overview: Community health workers work within a community to connect people to healthcare professionals usually working with health educators. They will identify health issues, collect data, and discuss concerns in the community. Collecting and analyzing a community’s health data is important for educating and informing the public. Community health workers help people overcome barriers to welfare programs or sign individuals up for Medicaid or Medicare explain the program. While health educators and provider develop educational programs, community health workers will evaluate and adjust these programs based on the needs of their community. Individuals with a background in geography would be well suited in gathering and analyzing health data within a community. Community health workers with engage residents in a community with health education and resources. This field will continue to increase over the next decade.

Geographers at work: Human geographers, Health geographers, GIS specialists, Local geographers

Recommended College Courses: Introduction to Cultural Geography, World Geography, Cartography, Research Methods in Geography, Urban Geography, Community and Regional Planning, Political Geography, World Population, Cities and Urban Design, Maps and Mapmaking, American Ethnic Geography

Skills: Human resource management, Qualitative and quantitative methods, Field methods, Working with census data, Local geography

Occupation Group: Community and Social Service

Learn more about Community Health Workers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm#tab-2

Written by Alisa Hartsell


Community health workers promote wellness by helping people adopt healthy behaviors.
Community health workers promote wellness by helping people adopt healthy behaviors.