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Pharmacy Technician

Community Health Worker (CHW)

Social Worker (BSW)

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]

Assists with the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy. [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]
  • High School diploma or GED. [6],[7]
  • Complete an ASHP-accredited training program and obtain national certification through PTCB or ICPT.
  • Must be 18 years or older. [8]

Certificate/Licensure

No certificate or license is required in SD.

Technician License, Board of Pharmacy. [6],[7]

Typical Supervisors

CHWs are primarily supervised by a clinic manager, nursing manager, or other organizational manager. [5]

Supervised by a pharmacist. [6]]

Median Hourly Wage (National)

 [4],[8]

  • Community Health Worker (CHW) – $19.41
  • Pharmacy Technician – $16.32

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