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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CHW Association
The Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County brings grassroots community-based health workers together and facilitates cultural and linguistic understanding among the health care workforce. The organization provides information on conferences, certificate programs and available resources.
60 Haven Ave - B2 , New York, NY 10032
CHW Association
The Community Health Worker Network of NYC curriculum is available as a 35-hour and 70-hour course of study. In addition to the core competencies, training in disease-specific topics is available in modules of up to 35 additional hours. The disease-specific training includes diabetes, asthma, hypertension, cardio-vascular disease and nutrition.
1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30333
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center provides courses in community health work that are designed to meet the needs of the diabetes prevention and control workforce. Training topics include: the value in creating public-private partnerships; comprehensive models and approaches to worksite health promotion; and the role of non-traditional external partnerships, policies, practices and programs. Training courses consist of multiple modules and readings designed to provide applicable health information within a diabetes-specific context.
9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
El Paso Community College’s Community Health Worker Certification Course and Community Health Worker Continuing Education Opportunities help educate students to serve as a bridge and liaison between individuals who seek health care and those who provide it. The program offers a certification of completion after 1 year of theoretical courses and practical community work.
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CHW Association
The Florida Community Health Worker Coalition helps CHWs reach vulnerable, low-income and underserved community members. The organization promotes increased engagement of CHWs to support health education by providing training resources and conducting an annual summit. The Coalition has grown to include more than 275 people. Its monthly meetings, conducted by webinar and conference call, are open to all.
2 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
CHW Association
The Indiana Community Health Workers Association is integrated into the Indiana State Department of Health. The Association provides support and resources to all CHWs as a means of advancing care, reducing costs and improving community health—with the ultimate goal of developing a sustainable health care system with CHWs. Resources include: conferences and symposia, information on training and state-based certification programs, webinars and factsheets, and a collaborative Facebook page.
1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
Lorain County Community College has designed a short-term technical certification program for CHWs. This 19-hour program prepares graduates to function as advocates for patients in the community by assisting them in accessing health and support services. Program graduates are eligible to apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for a certificate to practice as a Certified Community Health Worker.
9 Green St, Augusta, ME 04332
CHW Association
The Maine Community Health Worker Initiative provides information on trainings, resources, events and key CHW stakeholder groups in Maine. Through its CHW-State Innovation Model (SIM), the state aims to improve the health of Maine’s population by improving care experiences and reducing costs. The Initiative’s website provides additional information on SIM resources, partners, work areas and governance.
35 Harvard St., Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01609
CHW Association
Founded in March 2000, the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) enables CHWs to lead the movement to organize, define and strengthen the profession of community health work. As a professional organization, MACHW provides resources and workforce development to CHWs from all disciplines. This includes resources on training and educational opportunities; policy development at the state and local levels; and integration of CHWs into the health care, public health and human service workforce.
1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Minneapolis Community & Technical College’s 17-credit Community Health Worker (CMHW) certificate trains students to become a liaison between providers, clients and agencies. Students gain an understanding of how ethics influences client care and develop a critical thinking framework for solving health care problems. The program is offered during the fall semester or can be split across spring and summer semesters.
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CHW Association
The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance works with partners to reduce health disparities, achieve better health at a lower cost, and foster healthier communities. The organization serves as a convener, catalyst and expert resource to integrate CHW strategies. Minnesota is the only state in the United States with a statewide competency-based CHW educational program based in accredited post-secondary schools. The 14-credit program is a blend of classroom and field-based learning for those who have at least a high school diploma or GED.
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Multnomah County Health Department’s Community Capacitation Center provides training and technical assistance to organizations working to establish or strengthen their community health worker programs. This support includes recruitment and hiring of CHWs, development of CHW job descriptions, and support and supervision of CHWs. The Center’s 80-hour basic curriculum consists of three components and offers skill-based orientation to the health and social services system.
4001 E. Baseline Suite 206, Gilbert, AZ 85234
State Certification Board
Aimed at promoting excellence in asthma education, the National Asthma Educator Certification Board offers certifications and recertifications for Asthma Educators. The Board offers 7-year certifications through an examination process and 5-year recertifications by continuing education credit. More information on testing and continued education may can be found on their website.
3950 N A.W. Grimes Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
The National Community Health Worker Training Center within the Center for Community Health Development, Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, has a Community Health Worker/Promotora program that consists of a 160-hour Certification Course. The course incorporates 2.5 hours per week of real-time class sessions, for a total of 60 hours. The other 100 hours are individual study, assignments and hands-on experience. Courses are designed for both online and in-person certification, and for both English and Spanish speakers.
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 500, Columbia, MD 21044
The National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network provides training for public health and housing practitioners in the assessment and treatment of housing-related health hazards, with a focus on practical and cost-effective methods. Trainees also have the opportunity to become a “Healthy Homes Specialist.” Since its inception in 2005, the Training Center has trained more than 17,000 individuals and expanded from seven to more than 50 partners.
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services online Health Navigation course is designed for individuals working in communities who connect people to health services. The training is designed for CHWs, Health Navigators, social workers and other health care professionals. The course was developed to offer materials in a practical and accessible manner. Online training incorporates organizational, documentation, assessment and service-coordination skills.
2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906
The North Central State College Community Health Worker Certificate is a three-unit certificate program focused in six major health areas: health care, community resources, communication skills, individual & community advocacy, health education, and skills and responsibilities. Students who complete this certificate program are eligible to be certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing as a Community Health Worker. The program is flexible and does not follow the normal college calendar.
3535 N Ellison Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251
Northwest Vista College in Texas offers a Community Health Worker Certification Program via distance learning. All six courses leading to state certification are available online. Each course is 8 weeks long (Flex Semester), and courses are offered year-round. No prerequisites are required and there is no set sequence of classes, so students can join at the beginning of each new semester.
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908
The Rhode Island College (RIC) Community Health Worker Certification Program provides specialized training for professionals and volunteers while helping the state develop an in-demand skilled workforce. The 12-week training program at RIC includes 6 weeks of classroom instruction and 6 weeks of experiential learning through a 100-hour internship in an approved facility. To be eligible for the program, students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent degree.


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