Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP)

Community Health Education Resource Person 
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has developed a program to create Community Health Education Resource Persons (CHERPs). A CHERP is a trained community member who provides information, support, and basic health care services to those who need help. A CHERP may be a volunteer or paid health specialist who works to help friends, neighbors, and community members develop a healthier lifestyle. A CHERP is trained to answer basic questions about health, disease, nutrition, physical activity, and health behaviors. A CHERP may partner with doctors, nurses, dietitians, personal trainers, and others in promoting health.

A CHERP can train at one or more levels:

1. Wellness

2. Health Promotion

Other levels are currently being developed.

Several people in West Virginia and some in Ohio have already accomplished Level 1 and 2. For further information on CHERP visit the WV SOM Center for Rural and Community Health.


If you would like to meet with a local CHERP or would like to use a CHERP in your facility, contact Sherry Ellem  at 304.485.7374 ext. 151

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