Our Mission, Purpose and Vision


To unify, promote and sustain the profession of Community Health Workers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 


Community Health Workers are recognized as professionals and work together to improve community health outcomes.


Provide a unified association of community health workers in Kentucky with the purpose of spreading knowledge and advocating for recognition of CHWs and our communities.


KYACHW events are designed for members as a networking and learning opportunity. Please sign up for the event and a zoom link will be provided  for you join.  Non-members can attend KYACHW quarterly events for an additional fee.  If you have an event offered for CHW’s we would love to share the information. Email us at:  kyachw@outlook.org

2024 9th Annual
Community Health Worker Conference

“We are all in the same KYACHW”

September 19-20, 2024

Embassy Suites, Newtown Pike, Lexington

Early Bird Registration Begins July 15- August 15, 2024

More information coming soon!

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be accepting poster submissions for our annual conference in Lexington on September 19th & 20th . Please scan the QR code on the image below. There will be no contest, as we would like to eliminate any pressure to formally “present” your poster. We simply would like to hear what CHWs across the state are doing. This is a chance to brag on yourselves and your programs! All authors will be entered into an exclusive raffle for a chance to win a prize during the conference! If you are interested in submitting a poster but don’t know where to start, please reach out to Michaela.Amburgey@uky.edu or KYACHW@outlook.com and we will be happy to connect you to a mentor who will help along the way.

Call for Nominations


2024 Quarterly Meetings

March 21
Carl D. Perkins Building, Richmond 

June 20 

September 19-20
KYACHW Conference Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY

November 7
Location to be determined.

Kentucky Office of
Community Health Workers

CHW Advisory Workgroup Meetings

April 24

July 24

October 23


Kentucky Association of Community Health Workers (KYACHW) was formed in 2016 to advocate and promote the profession of community health workers (CHWs) in the Commonwealth. CHWs have been effective in advocating for the community members of the state since 1998. The Associations view is CHWs are the missing link between the healthcare provider and the client. This relationship plays a key role in improving the health of our communities.  

   The KYACHW adopted the following definition of a community health worker from the American Public Health Associations CHW section: A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.

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