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Community Health Officer

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Community Health Officer (CHO)
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NamesMid-level Healthcare Provider (MLHP), Community Health Officer (CHO)
Occupation type
Government, Under Ayushman Bharat
Activity sectors
Health care, Ayushman Bharat
SpecialtyCommunity Health, Mid level practitioner
CompetenciesThe ethics, art and, analytical skills, and critical thinking
Fields of
Community Health, Health care
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Mid-level practitioner

Government of India launched a programme under Ayushman Bharat as Bridge Programmes in Community Health for "Nurses and Ayurveda" practitioner. after successful completion of this course Nurses and Ayurveda practitioner became Mid Level Healthcare Provider (MLHP) or Community Health Officer (CHO).[1]

National Medical Commission said; this is "merely an enabling provision to grant limited licence only in primary and preventive healthcare to practice medicine at mid-level to such persons, who qualify such criteria as may be specified by regulations which will have an overwhelming representation of Doctors", and after qualifying such criteria candidates serve as a mid level healthcare provider or Community Health Officer (CHO) in health and wellness centres under Ayushman bharat in India.


  • Bridge  Program  on  Certificate  in  Community  Health  for  Nurses
  • Bridge  Program  on  Certificate  in  Community  Health  for  Ayurveda  Practitioners

In 2020, Government of India plan to Integration of Certificate Course in Community Health in B.Sc Nursing and Post-Basic Nursing Curriculum.

Grade pay

Tentative indicative monthly emolument for the CHO is approximately Rs. 40,000/- per month. (Part of it would be given as fixed amount and part as performance based payments). However, the State may make proposal in this regard as appropriate. However, it must be higher than general B.Sc/GNM Nurse/AYUSH doctors engaged under NHM.

Roles and Responsibilities

The  trained  CHO  would  broadly  be  expected  to  carry  out  public health  functions,  ambulatory  care,  management  and  leadership  at  the  Health  &  Wellness Centers  (H&WCs).  They  would be expected  to:   

  • Implement National Programmes
  •  Administration  and  management  at  Health and  Wellness  Centers  (or Sub-centers)
  •  Health education  and  encourage awareness  about Family  Planning, Maternal and  Child Health,  and  Non-Communicable Diseases.
  • Preventive, promotive and  curative care 
  •  Identification  of Danger Signs  and  Referral after pre-referral stabilization     
  • Implement Biomedical waste disposal guidelines  and  Infection  Control policies
  •  Supervision  of  health workers for  Maternal and  Child  Health,  Family  Planning  and Nutrition  related  services.