Community Health Worker Model Best Practice Toolkit for Designing, Implementing and Showing Impact

Implementation Tool
March 2023


This toolkit outlines best practices provides practical tools for designing, implementing, and evaluating the impact of community health workers.


Community health workers (CHW), known by many different names and titles, often bridge the gap between community members and health and social service systems. CHW programs are very diverse and can vary based on need across the communities and geographic areas they serve. This toolkit, curated by The Center for Community Health Alignment, aims to help organizations design and implement effective CHW programs.

About This Tool

This comprehensive toolkit provides best practice strategies and practical tools to help organizations and providers design and implement a CHW program. Content includes:

  • Section 1 provides resources for organizations to implement a CHW program and to guide activities for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding CHWs.
  • Section 2 provides tips on implementing a CHW program and incorporating CHWs into integrated care teams.
  • Section 3 provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDOH) and tools a CHW program can use to screen for and respond to SDOH-related needs.


Health care providers and community-based organizations can use this toolkit to learn strategies for designing and implementing a community health worker program.

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