CDC Awards $300M in Funding to Support Community Health Workers

Community health workers (CHWs)—also known as community health representatives and health promoters—provide critical services to communities disproportionately impacted by public health threats including COVID-19. (Courtesy of the CDC)
Community health workers (CHWs)—also known as community health representatives and health promoters—provide critical services to communities disproportionately impacted by public health threats including COVID-19. (Courtesy of the CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was recognized for “Excellence in Public Safety” in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program for it’s work on COVID-19 Efforts to Safeguard Law Enforcement & EMS, has awarded more than $116 million in year one, of a three-year, $348 million program, to organizations for community health worker (CHW) services to support COVID-19 prevention and control.

The CDC also awarded more than $6 million of a four-year $32 million program for training, technical assistance, and evaluation.

CHWs are frontline public health workers who have a trusted relationship with the community and are able to facilitate access to a variety of services and resources for community members.

This funding is part of a larger effort to improve health equity in CDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHWs support populations at high risk and communities hit hardest by COVID-19.

(Keysha Brooker, MSW, explains how community health workers (CHWs) can help address disparities for the patients they work with by providing support and resources to help patients thrive. Courtesy of PCORI and YouTube.)

These awards, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will provide critical support to states, localities, territories, tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers for tribes.

The amount each organization received was determined by population size, poverty rates and COVID-19 statistics.

Five organizations received additional funding to conduct demonstration projects, which seek to develop innovative approaches to strengthening the use of community health workers through policy, systems, or environmental changes.

(What is the importance of recruiting community health workers (CHWs) into the state COVID-19 response? Denise Octavia Smith, Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW), runs through the role of CHWs in emergency responses, how CHWs can address heightened disparities in health, and how states can recruit CHWs into their COVID-19 response. Courtesy of ASTHO and YouTube.)

The funding is intended for recipients to address:

  • Disparities in access to COVID-19 related services, such as testing, contact tracing, and immunization.

  • Factors that increase risk of severe COVID-19 illness, such as chronic diseases, smoking, and pregnancy.

  • Community needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, such as health and mental health care access and food insecurity.

(Health Care Assistants (HCA), also known as Community Health Workers, Home Support Workers, Community Care Assistants and Care Aides, are dedicated, frontline care providers serving patients and clients in a variety of settings including acute care, long-term care, home and community settings. Courtesy of Vancouver Coastal Health and YouTube.)

CCR Recipients

Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) (CDC-RFA-DP21-2109) funds 68 organizations across three components.

Organizations were able to apply for either Component A or Component B funding, and those approved and funded for Component B, were likewise eligible to apply for Component C funding.

  • Component A focuses on building capacity for community health worker (CHW) efforts among 33 organizations that have some experience with CHWs and want to build capacity by expanding training and oversight plans.

  • Component B focuses on improving and expanding existing CHW efforts among 35 organizations with about 3 years of experience using CHWs.

  • Component C focuses on developing innovative approaches within 5 organizations to strengthen the use of CHWs through policy, systems, or environmental changes. 

Courtesy of the CDC

Comprehensive workplans that are tailored by and for each community will guide CHW efforts.

While the specifics of implementation will differ by area and funding, each community will use three key strategies, which together can help end the COVID-19 pandemic and move toward health equity:

  • Train CHWs with the knowledge, roles, and skills to support the COVID-19 public health response to manage outbreaks and prevent community spread.

  • Deploy CHWs to support the COVID-19 public health response to manage outbreaks and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among priority populations in communities.

  • Engage CHWs to help build and strengthen community resilience to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 by improving the overall health of priority populations in communities.

Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) Funding are Listed as Follows:

Funded states, localities, territories, and freely associated states include:

Alabama Mississippi
Mobile County Board of Health Mississippi State Department of Health
Alaska Missouri
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Devt County of St. Louis
Arizona Washington County Ambulance District
Yuma County Montana
Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation Partnership Health Center
Arkansas Yellowstone City-County Health Department
Benton County Government New Jersey
California Atlantic County Department of Human Services
Alameda County Healthcare Services Agency New Jersey Department of Health
County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency New Mexico
San Joaquin County Human Services Agency County of Dona Ana, New Mexico
Sonoma County Health Services Department New York
Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency City of Syracuse
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands County of Schenectady
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation North Carolina
Colorado North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
Northeast Colorado Health Department Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County
Delaware Ohio
Delaware State Department of Health County of Jackson
Florida Franklin County Board of Commissioners/Public Health
Collier County Ohio Department of Health
Florida Department of Health Oklahoma
Georgia Oklahoma State Department of Health
Georgia Department of Public Health Oregon
Guam County of Lane
Guam Department of Public Health Palau
Hawaii Palau Ministry of Health
Hawaii State Department of Health Pennsylvania
Illinois Allegheny County Health Department
Cook County Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Indiana Puerto Rico
County of Elkhart Municipio de Canóvanas
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion Co. Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust
St. Joseph County Department of Health Rhode Island
Kansas Rhode Island Department of Health
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tennessee
Kentucky Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County
Kentucky State Cabinet for Health Texas
Louisiana City of Austin, Austin Public Health
Louisiana Department of Health City of San Antonio
Marshall Islands Harris County
Ministry of Health and Human Services Virginia
Maryland Institute for Public Health Innovation
Maryland Department of Health Washington
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Seattle and King County Public Health
Massachusetts Washington State Department of Health
Boston Public Health Commission Wisconsin
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Wisconsin Department of Health Services


Funded tribes, tribal organizations, or health service providers to tribes.

Arizona Oklahoma
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Cherokee Nation
California Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes
Tule River Indian Health Center Inc. Wisconsin
United American Indian Involvement Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
New Mexico
Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board


CDC strives to promote health equity through its National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), which seeks to eliminate health disparities and achieve optimal health for all Americans.

(Chronic disease is everywhere. CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is helping communities everywhere make changes to prevent chronic diseases in the future. Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and YouTube.)

In addition, CDC continues to work with populations that are underserved, at higher risk for, and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

This includes ensuring resources are available to maintain and manage physical and mental health, and providing easy access to information, affordable testing, and medical and mental health care.

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2019 'ASTORS' Awards Program Banquet Luncheon
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