Community Health Worker

Community Health Worker

Accelerated Job Training,
Professional Development

Offered through Accelerated Job Training

@ William J. Harrison Education Center

Community health workers are trusted members of the community they serve who assist individuals and communities in their adoption of healthy behaviors. Community Health Workers may conduct outreach for community or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.

Program Coordinator



Apply online for Community Health Worker training

Additionally, community health workers may also provide: information on available resources, social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, services such as first aid and blood pressure screening and collect data to help identify community health needs.

This 12-week, non-credit program combines 108 hybrid classroom hours with 60 service learning hours. The classroom instruction covers topics such as the role of community health workers, public health, chronic disease management, mental health, health outreach, community organizing and advocacy, client-centered counseling, conducting client interviews, care management and home visits. The service learning experience provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and participate in resource gathering, networking and outreach, and job shadowing.

The April class is full but we are planning for future cohorts.

If you would like to be notified when our next class is starting, please email your cover letter and resume to

Who Should Attend This Program?

Any community-oriented individual, at least 18 years of age, interested in helping others navigate local healthcare systems and learn advocacy strategies.

Cost of Program

All instructional materials for this program are entirely grant funded.


The classroom instruction is held at the William J. Harrison Education Center. Students must be available during daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for the classroom instruction and at other times as needed to complete service learning hours.

Program Calendar

These are the anticipated start dates for this training:

Start Date End Date Enrollment Deadline
April 9, 2019 June 27, 2019

Enrollment has closed

TBD fall 2019/spring 2020    
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Get Started Now

Download CHW Fact Sheet (pdf).

Complete an online application.

Community Health Experience 

Some degree and certificate programs offered by the College require students to obtain community health service learning experience as part of their course work. Hospitals and health facilities may mandate that a criminal background check and/or drug screening check be conducted prior to placement in a clinical setting and as part of an employer’s screening process. Students not passing these checks may be prohibited from participating in the community health service learning experience thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements, and/or ineligible for hire.

Contact Us

Call the Healthcare Workforce Training Hotline at 314-539-5900 to hear announcements about program information. If you would like to talk with a program representative about the details of a program, please apply now for Community Health Worker training.

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