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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Community health representative: The first tribally contracted program, since 1968 - American indian paraprofessional healthcare providers

CHR - The Need For CHRs

General CHR Information

The Need For CHRs

CHRs are in growing demand. It has already been seen how much they assist and connect the community and their work has become essential to the Indian Health Service facilities. The CHRs are a good advocate because they come from the community of which they serve and know the specific tribal healthcare needs; their dedication to their work has helped many of which who otherwise have trouble fulfilling their healthcare needs. The efforts the representatives put into health promotion and disease prevention has also done extremely well and has limited the people from facing the problems of ill health. They have been tremendously helpful in lowering the mortality rates through their teachings and as a result of that reducing the tribal healthcare expenses. CHRs reach out and help people on an individual basis and are an important part of the I H S facilities.

If you are interested in training to become a CHR, please contact your I H S facility to find out more.


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