Community Health Worker Training Programs

Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve as the bridge between patients and the health care system: They are trusted community members who advocate, facilitate and organize access to health and social services.

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205 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
The City University of New York hosts multiple CHW training programs at its LaGuardia, Hostos and Kingsborough campuses. These programs are designed to help CHWs develop core competencies around contemporary health issues such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and chronic illness. The programs range from 100 to 120 hours and include an internship, case management support, literacy and basic skills support, and job search assistance.
8440 Woodfield Crossing Boulevard , Indianapolis, IN 46240
State Certification Board
The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana State Department of Health have approved a training and certification process for Indiana Integrated Care Community Health Worker and Certified Recovery Specialist Programs. Interested individuals must meet specific criteria and complete a 3- to 5-day training with a final examination. Upon completion, participants will be certified and eligible for employment in Indiana-based health care environments.
1415 Washington Heights, Room 2700, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The Michigan Public Health Training Center Course, “CHWs and Nurses: Roles and Relationships for Population Health Improvement,” provides participants with certification and continuing education credits through the Michigan Public Health Training Center. The courses target public health and community health practitioners—nurses, community health workers, health educators, social workers, physicians; students in allied health; and those interested in population health services. Topics include: CHW contributions to improving public health, current issues in nursing/CHW services, and future initiatives in improving partnerships.
1605-J Juan Tabo NE , Albuquerque, NM 87112
CHW Association
The New Mexico Community Health Worker Association provides a training curriculum, Reaching Out: A Training Manual For Community Health Workers. This includes 40 hours of training in topics such as: Orientation Into the CHW model, Communication Skills (including confidentiality), Community Resources, and Early Childhood Development. The Association works to nurture the CHW model while improving access and quality health care for New Mexicans.
17 South High Street Suite 400 , Columbus, OH 43215
State Certification Board
The Ohio Board of Nursing certifies Community CHWs through approved CHW training programs. Applications and information on the program approval process can be found on the Board’s website.
605 N. High Street, #127, Columbus, OH 43215
CHW Association
The Ohio Community Health Workers Association was established with the goal of eliminating health disparities for all Ohioans through the CHW model. The association works to support CHW professionals through advocacy, coaching, collaboration, facilitation and empowerment.
50 Sw 2nd Ave, Portland , OR 97204
State Certification Board
The Oregon State Government offers an 80-hour certification training course focused on neighborhood wellness programs and medical care teams. Certifications are available through more than 60 hospitals, 180 clinics and 15 Coordinated Care Organizations that work closely to hire and certify CHWs.
4000 Ambassador Drive, Room 419, Anchorage, AK 99508
State Certification Board
The Alaska Community Health Aide Program Certification Board (CHAPCB) was developed in the 1990s in response to numerous tribal health concerns in rural Alaska. Through its training centers and clinical skills preceptorship, CHAP now consists of a network of approximately 550 Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) in more than 170 rural Alaska villages. There are four sessions of CHA training, each of which lasts 3 to 4 weeks and will lead to certification by the Certification Board.
800 I Street, NW , Washington, DC 20001
CHW Association
The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Community Health Worker Section has consistently been involved in APHA governance since 2000. The organization’s goal is to continue to develop policy within and outside of APHA that supports CHWs. APHA recruits CHWs, CHW allies, and students by leveraging regional CHW networks, health networks, academic networks, and independent professional associations of CHWs throughout the United States. The website provides resources, links, Newsletters, and a list of benefits and activities included in APHA membership.
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CHW Association
The Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Network (AZCHOW) is a source of information, advocacy, education and best practices for individual CHWs as well as organizations working with CHWs in the public and community health arena. Founded in 2001, AZCHOW conducts a variety of workshops and trainings designed to cover topics such as: leadership development, advocacy training, communications skills, asthma management, nutrition and exercise, and many more.
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The Asthma Regional Council of New England offers a “Core Competency Course for Community Health Workers,” a 48-hour course on fundamental CHW skills such as communication, assessment, cultural responsiveness, documentation, organization and advocacy. The training and professional development center strives to enhance the capacity of CHWs to provide outreach and health education in the diverse communities of Boston.
One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
State Certification Board
Board of Certification of Community Health Workers (CHWs) was established within the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services to help integrate CHWs into the health care and public health systems. The Board establishes standards for education, training, programs and certification renewal.
1010 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Hospital-based Training Program
The Boston Public Health Commission–Community Health Education Center provides standardized training for CHWs and has cultivated a network of more than 1,600 members. Its programs teach techniques for conducting outreach and education with various cultural groups as well as methods for expanding health knowledge on a range of topics. Programs are jointly designed by CHWs and experts in various health fields.
35 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609
CHW Association, Other
The Outreach Worker Training Institute (OWTI) of the Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Inc. (CM AHEC) is a career-focused, college supported educational pipeline for public health professionals known as Community Health Workers (CHWs) as well as the supervisors of CHWs in health and social services. The OWTI addresses the community’s need for CHWs’ professional preparedness by offering certificate courses tailored to public health workers who are CHWs employed in health and social service agencies. Visit our website and find out more about our free online CHW training certificates.
1436 W. Randolph St. 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
CHW Association
Chicago CHW Local Network was created by a group of health educators and their organizations in 2003, and is committed to a society in which all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to reliable health care services and the information necessary to live healthy lives. The Network provides legislative information, webinar and conference information, as well as other resources.
2139 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Based in Ohio, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Community Health Worker Certificate Program consists of 10 courses (120 contact hours) and 175 hours of practical experience. The program introduces students to community health concepts, resources and skills essential to CHWs. Students who complete this certificate program are eligible to be certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing as a Community Health Worker.
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Other is designed to bring the benefits of an in-depth professional development program to health care systems and health departments without the cost associated with a lengthy in-person training. Courses are available in multiple formats to suit individual needs, including instructor-led online training, blended learning options and self-paced modules. Courses range from improving health literacy, to building healthy patient-provider relationships, to providing community-based resources and support.
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
The City College of San Francisco's Community Health Worker Certificate Program is a 17-unit program designed to prepare individuals for work in the field of community-oriented health and social services. Their CHW program offers two related certificates (Post-Prison Health Worker and Youth Worker) and provides students with the tools to reduce health disparities among underserved communities in a culturally appropriate way. In addition, the program addresses global economic impacts on community health as well as tools available for organizing environmental change.
1111 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
The Community College of Denver offers a 17-credit, one-semester program that combines academics and an internship for CHWs. Courses include community health issues, psychological impact of chronic disease, basic patient navigation, and CHW field experience.
2050 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Berkeley City College offers both an Associate in Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement for Community Health Workers. The program consists of 32 or 33 credits and is targeted at individuals interested in working in the community health field as well as county social services employees. The program provides paraprofessional classes that incorporate theory and active learning activities that simulate everyday experiences in the work-world.


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