Traditional Health Workers 

We appreciate you being a partner in building healthier communities.
We hope these resources are helpful.

Welcome to the Traditional Health Workers resource page! Traditional Health Workers assist members in their communities, providing physical and behavioral health services. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the health of our members.

Traditional Health Workers Types

  • Birth doulas provide support for families through pregnancy, childbirth and after giving birth.
  • Community health workers work with individuals and communities to access care and reach health goals.
  • Personal health navigators provide information, assistance, tools and support to people with complex medical and social needs.  
  • Peer support specialists utilize their lived experience to support recovery from addiction and mental health conditions.
  • Peer wellness specialists use their experience to assist and advocate for people living with a mental health condition.


The Traditional Health Worker Toolkit includes the following topics:

  • THW overview and 101.
  • THW scopes of practice.
  • Benefits of integrating THWs.
  • Integrating and retaining THWs.
  • Health care delivery system contracting with community-based organizations. 
  • Recommendations for supporting and supervising THWs. 
  • Best and promising practices resources.

Contact our traditional health worker liaison at for more information.

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