Community health workers : social justice and policy advocates for community health and well-being

Leda M. Pérez, Jacqueline Martinez

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Abstract

Community health workers are resources to their communities and to the advocacy and policy world on several levels. Community health workers can connect people to health care and collect information relevant to policy. They are natural researchers who, as a result of direct interaction with the populations they serve, can recount the realities of exclusion and propose remedies for it. As natural researchers, they contribute to best practices while informing public policy with the information they can share. In this light, community health workers may also be advocates for social justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume98
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008

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