Community Health Worker Training Programs

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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.

This tool was designed to help you find existing training and certification options for CHWs in your community and nationally.


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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.