Job opportunities are expanding rapidly for CHWs in California and across the United States, with the majority of growth being in public health and health care settings, including in the management of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, depression, and HIV disease.
CHWs work under a wide variety of job titles such as health educator, community health outreach worker (CHOW), public health aide, case manager/caseworker, promotor/a, health ambassador, and peer counselor. On the job, CHWs address a range of public health issues, including the prevention and management of infectious and chronic health conditions, and challenges such as homelessness, addiction, food security (or reliable access to food), and reentry or returning home from incarceration.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health accepts the CHW Certificate as equivalent to six out of twelve months of experience required for hiring health workers in the Health Worker 1-3 Series.
According to California Labor Market Data (2019) reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Community Health Workers in the United States earn a median hourly wage San Francisco area earn a median hourly wage of approximately $26.61, the equivalent of the annual salary of $55,350.
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