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.
This tool was designed to help you find existing training and certification options for CHWs in your community and nationally.
PLEASE NOTE: Information for programs will vary. Visit the referred site for more information about the program.
6605 N. High Street, #127, Columbus, OH 43215
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.
750 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.
84000 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.
9800 I Street, NW , Washington, DC 20001
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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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.