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 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.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, with at least an 8th grade education can train as a CHERP.  No experience or specific background is necessary to participate in the training.  The training to become a CHERP is provided through the CRCH.  Classes are held at various locations throughout West Virginia.

We are continuously doing research on the effectiveness of the CHERP Program.  The research aspect of the CHERP project is to discover to what extent CHERPs are useful and functional in their communities.

For the most recent research publication about the CHERP Program, go to: