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Community Health Worker

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What is a CHW?

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables CHWs to serve as a liaison/ link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. ¹

What is the role of a CHW?

  • Bridging cultural mediation between communities and the health care system.
  • Providing culturally appropriate and accessible health education and information, often by using popular education methods.
  • Ensuring that people get the services they need.
  • Providing informal counseling and social support.
  • Advocating for individuals and communities.
  • Providing direct services (such as basic first aid) and administering health screening tests.
  • Building individual and community capacity. ²

What is the CHW course about?

The Community Health Worker (CHW) continuing education course will familiarize the learner with the core roles and responsibilities of the community health worker as a community advocate. Promotion of patient health, accessing community services and follow up care are discussed.  An introduction to essential skills in disease management, self-management, motivational interviewing and care navigation are provided. The course consists of 100 classroom hours and 60 applied learning hours in a community based organization. The Community Health Worker course will prepare the learner for employment as a healthcare liaison within community based health care and social service organizations and provide 3 elective college credits  upon successful completion of the course.


  • COST: $950 (Rate based on a 10 student class)

  • HOURS: 160 hours (100 Chair and 60 Field hours)

  • Credit: 3 Elective Continuing Education Credits

  • Dates: Tuesdays 2-5pm

  • Location: Murphy 108

  • Instructor: Traci Spillman