Community Health Worker
Accelerated Job Training,
Offered through Accelerated Job Training
@ William J. Harrison Education Center
Community health workers (CHWs) 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.
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 16-week, non-credit program combines 128 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.
We will begin planning the spring 2022 CHW class in late fall/winter. Please check back for more information at that time.
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.
Enrollment in the CHW program is highly selective and seats fill quickly. All candidates that apply will be required to:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Demonstrate academic and career readiness
- Demonstrate passion for community health work
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. Virtual classroom instruction may be used to meet COVID-19 restrictions.
These are the anticipated start dates for this training. Enrollment is highly selective and seats may fill prior to the application deadline.
Grant funding is available for those selected.
The CHW program is currently being delivered in a hybrid format. Students will need the following technology to participate in the program.
- Desktop or laptop computer with an updated operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux). NOTE: Cell phones will not be sufficient for completing the coursework requirements in this program.
- Webcam and microphone.
- Reliable, high-speed internet connection.
- Updated Internet browser (Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).
- Adobe Reader or alternative PDF reader (free).
- Microsoft Office. NOTE: Students have access to MS Office 365 with their student email.
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.
Questions? Please contact a member of the Healthcare Workforce Training team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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