About Us

The Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA) is the statewide professional association for community health workers (CHWs).

ORCHWA was founded in November, 2011 to provide a unified voice to empower and advocate for CHWs in Oregon. ORCHWA is a membership organization and is led and directed by CHWs.

Beyond unifying and strengthening the professional identity of Oregon CHWs, ORCHWA seeks to support CHWs to obtain additional training, provide important networking opportunities, and facilitate CHWs and CHW programs to collaborate with each other, and community, government, health, and educational institutions.

ORCHWA’s members play an active and visible role in educating public health and health system professionals about the value of CHWs as well as addressing relevant policy and sustainability issues including: training, certification, employment opportunities, etc.  Read More


Take action on important legislation and issues at the federal, state. and local level..

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Register Now for the ORCHWA Annual Conference!

The 2017 ORCHWA Annual Conference will be held September 29-30 in Hood River. Register now to save your spot, ORCHWA members attend free!

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Help us continue representing Community Health Workers.

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Annual Conference 2017

Our Annual Conference will be September 29th and 30th in Hood River, Oregon.

The Annual Conference is ORCHWA’s signature event bringing together and educating Community Health Workers (CHWs), Peer Support Specialists (PSS), Personal Health Navigators (PHN), Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS), doulas, Supervisory staff, and other Traditional Health Workers. Click on the links to find information on  for the conference. http://www.orchwa.org/annual-conference-2017/

Supporting Organizations

ORCHWA would not exist without the generous support of our individual and organizational members. Thank you so much for your support.