CHANGING THE 

FACE OF HEALTHCARE

Community Health Workers Association of Rochester
Serving the Finger Lakes, Western & Central NY Regions

Our MISSION

Community Health Workers Association of Rochester Inc. CHWAR, is a non-profit organization that advocates strengthening the profession and leadership of Community Health Workers (CHWs). 

CHWAR is a professional association that is dedicated to advancing the workforce through CHW development, building standards and establishing CHWs as integral members of health reform innovations.

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WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1999, CHWAR was born from just 3 initial health workers uniting to form Rochester Outreach Workers Association (ROWA). Now known as Community Health Workers Association of Rochester, Inc. members are trained community health workers with a combined total of over 60 years of outreach in the field of perinatal, pediatrics, immunization, HIV, substance abuse, mental health, social services, homelessness, parenting, adolescence, elderly care, immigration, poverty, community resources.

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LET's 'ROC' TODAY

Empowering the community through information to make a better tomorrow, today. Get the latest on happenings and CHWAR's response.

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COVID-19 and CHWS

As with any serious health crisis, COVID-19 puts CHW in the front lines of spreading awareness and offering insight on this global pandemic. 

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

Our community has become a hotbed of the movement. Let us be a beacon of change and healing. CHWAR stands with BLM.

LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Send your letter of support for Empire Justice Center Language Access Program in their request for funding.

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RRRS, City Rise

Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services hired CHW’s to provide in-home education to families on how to properly clean home and maintain cleaning chemicals safely. 

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COVID VACCINE COUNCIL

University of Rochester Medical Center strategic planning process to serve the needs of the people who are currently excluded from the existing systems.

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As a member, attend our annual conference with renowned health and community leaders, receive access to training, events, and more!

Why We Need The Conversation

W. Kamau Bell shares why he joined THE CONVERSATION, “I want to be part of getting our people vaccinated and healthy. Too often we don’t get access to healthcare, and I would hate it if we don’t get access at this critical time. So, I have to be a part of the solution here.”

Community Immunity

 Hip Hop Public Health (HHPH) the national nonprofit organization dedicated since 2004 to fostering positive health behavior change through the power of science and hip hop music, today launched Community Immunity: A Rap Anthology about Vaccines. A suite of free resources aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccine coverage in communities of color by fighting fear with facts, this animated rap anthology deconstructs vaccine literacy in a series of five animated videos, beginning with What Are Vaccines and Why Do They Work?.