Community Health Workers | American Diabetes Association

Community Health Workers 

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers and play a vital role in improving health and well-being in the communities they serve. As they have a deep understanding of the cultural, social, and economic factors that impact health outcomes and reduce health disparities, they are critical to preventing and managing diabetes, particularly in areas where access to health care may be limited.

Understanding Diabetes: Free Continuing Education 

Objective: Increase understanding of diabetes and diabetes management to empower CHWs to provide guidance for those at-risk or living with diabetes to best manage their condition and ensure they have access to the services and care needed. 


Topics include:                                                                                                               

  • Diabetes 101 
  • Gestational Diabetes 
  • Diabetes and Mental Health 
  • Type 2 in Youth 


  • FREE CE: 1 credit
  • 4-modules: 15 minutes each
  • Interactive learning: reading, videos, and short knowledge checks

Resources for CHWs

CHW Webinars: Learn more about health disparities and community health workers with the American Diabetes Association’s webinar sessions. View webcasts with free CME/CE credits from select webinars.


Patient Resources for CHWs

Community Connection.Easily find the diabetes program or resources in your area you've been looking for. Search for almost anything from medical care to education, to nutrition and health. Find resources in every zip code so you can get the help you need wherever you are.

Find additional resources here.

CHW Membership

Check out our NEW CHW Professional Membership for only $35. The ADA now has a Professional Member category for community health representatives, peer health educators and other frontline public health workers who help to support people with and at risk for diabetes.  Become a Professional Member of the American Diabetes Association and expand your knowledge, enhance your perspective and grow your connections through exclusive opportunities and resources that come only with membership. Become a Professional Member today.