A Secondary Data Analysis of the Professional Development Needs of Community Health Workers in Ohio

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The Ohio State University

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In the state of Ohio, Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained and certified under the Ohio Board of Nursing. This study aims to identify the professional needs and challenges faced by CHWs. Using a mixed methods sequential explanatory design, an online survey was distributed, and four key informant interviews were conducted. The data gathered from the survey and interviews were analyzed for common themes. Common areas of concern and need for development for CHWs included continued education and cooperation across sectors of the healthcare field. This information provides important insights into the need for better continuing education options for CHWs, as well as a more defined and integrated role for them within the healthcare field.



Community Health Workers, Professional Development