Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP)
A Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP) is a trained community member who provides information, support, and basic health care services to those who need help.
A CHERP is a paid or volunteer health specialist that helps friends, neighbors, and community members gain access to health care and develop a healthier lifestyle.
A CHERP is trained to answer basic questions about health, disease, nutrition, physical activity and health behaviors.
A CHERP is a partner with doctors, nurses, dietitians, personal trainers and others in promoting health.
A CHERP can certify at one or more of six levels:
- Wellness Specialist,
- Health Promotion Specialist,
- Disease Prevention Specialist,
- Disease Management Specialist,
- Mental Health Specialist, and
- Health Counselor.
Anybody 18 or older, with an 8th grade education can certify as a CHERP. No experience is necessary to certify.