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Rural Community Health Worker Network

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are on the frontlines of our communities, helping individuals, families, and groups navigate complexity, overcome barriers, and connect to necessary health and social service resources. 

The Rural Community Health Worker Network (RCHWN) was founded in 2018.  CHWs are at the core of this effort, we advocate for, connect, and support CHWs in all sectors, fields, and stages of their careers.

We do this in several ways, from direct outreach in our communities to national advocacy campaigns.

Our Mission

To support Community Health Workers (CHWs) in their ever-changing communities and to raise awareness of the CHWs’ valuable contribution.

Our Vision

To grow a National Community that supports and celebrates CHWs while creating visibility for their contributions.

Our Projects


RCHWN is a network of CHWs from across the country. Members join the network to meet other CHWs, access training and scholarship opportunities, participate in learning collaboratives, and gain a support system of other CHWs. From peer-to-peer connections to continuing education, RCHWN is here to advance the careers and well-being of CHWs. Join today →


Through the Community Outreach Resource Extension (CORE) Project, RCHWN helps disconnected rural communities gain access to vital resources. Our assessment is unique in that it determines the root causes of an individual’s needs so that we can build healthy families and communities at a deeper level. Join today →


Advocating for CHWs to have better working conditions, stronger support systems, and more career opportunities requires educating our communities about the CHW role. We do this through the I Am A CHW campaign, which we encourage all CHWs and CHW allies to participate in. Join today →

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