What are the reasons for there being so many new emerging types of health care worker and how have these types of services affected our lifes? What are some services and provider types that are developing from these emerging roles?
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One emerging type of health care worker is the CHW, or community health care worker. Long seen in international health provider programs that serve underdeveloped and developing countries, CHWs are emerging as important leaders in isolated communities. CHWs are originally from within the community being served thus know the needs and culture. Their objective is to liaison (act as go-between) between the traditional health service community and those who are called the voiceless poor, or those who for one reason or another have no access to traditional health care resources. Examples of this emergence in America are in California.
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