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Community Health Worker (CHW)

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Position Summary

A CHW is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an 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. [1]
Remove sutures, change sterile dressings, some tracheostomy care duties, administer medication, and some Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, and IV duties. [6]

Training and Prerequisites

  • Completion of an approved CHW Training Program by the SD Department of Social Services. [2]
  • The CHW Agency process will include the process utilized to hire individuals qualified to act as a CHW following certification that the individual has completed the Indian Health Service Community Health Representative basic training, a CHW program approved by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education or the South Dakota Board of Regents, or a CHW training program approved by the State. [3]
  • Complete training program approved by SDBON
  • High school transcript or GED
  • Complete ACCUPLACER test
  • Complete TEAS
  • CPR certification [7]


  • No certificate or license is required in SD.
  • LPN License required by SDBON. [9]

Typical Supervisors

  • CHWs are primarily supervised by a clinic manager, nursing manager, or other organizational manager. [5]
  • Supervised by Registered Nurse or physician. [10]

Median Hourly Wage (National)


  • Community Health Worker (CHW) – $20.19
  • Licensed Practical Nurse – $23.47

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