New England Public Health Training Center

Introduction to Ethics for CHWs

This is an all levels course offering CPH, CHES, and MCHES — Free
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1.00 hour


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Community Health Workers face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Ethical challenges can range in severity and in some cases can be quite complex. This short introduction raises awareness of what is an ethical dilemma and equips CHWs with tools to assist them when making decision about the best course of action.

Reviewers say, "Be prepared to answer ethical questions and write down your answers, so you do not forget them between scenarios."

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize the definition and purpose of a code of ethics
  • Identify conditions for a situation to be considered an ethical dilemma
  • List 3 resources available to assist CHWs to make decisions about the best course of action for each ethical dilemma encountered.

Competency Terms

Ethical Use of Data

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it