Community Health Worker (CHW)WIA Approved

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who has a close understanding of the community he or she serves. CHWs help individuals, families, groups, and communities develop access to resources, including health insurance, food, housing, and quality care.

The program consists of 120 hours of lecture, in addition to 36 hours of combined job shadowing and internship experience. The program will prepare students to perform a wide range of activities to increase the community’s health knowledge and self-sufficiency, including outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy. Students will also learn how to make home visits to chronically ill patients, pregnant women and nursing mothers, individuals at high risk of health problems, and the elderly.

Program Topics Include the Following:

History of CHWs, Emerging Roles in the Management of Chronic Conditions, CHW Policy Initiatives and Sustainability, Defining Public Health, Promoting Health Equality, Navigating the Healthcare System, Practicing Cultural Humility, Defining and Understanding Cutlures, Building Cultural Awareness, Understanding Cultural Health Beliefs, Conflict Resolutions Skills, Common Sources of Workplace Conflict, Working with Supervisors, Communicating Effectively, Defining and Assessing Stress & Burnout, Stress Responses, Meditation Practice, Accessing Internal and External Resources, Practicing Self-Awareness, Understanding Behavior Change, Client-Centered Practice, Client Interviewing, Conducting Interviews, Motivational Interviewing, Writing Case Notes and Documenting Client Interviews, Defining Case Management, Developing Case Management Plans, Identifying Community Resources and Providing Referrals, Participating in Case Conferences, Client-Centered Counseling for Behavior Change, Overview of Counseling Concepts, Developing Behavior Action Plans and Change Plans, Creating a Professional Development Plan, Getting and Keeping Jobs, Interview Techniques, Resume Writing, Conducting Home Visits, Common Courtesies and Guidelines, Safety Guidelines for Home Visits, Common Challenges and Solutions for Home Visits.

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Session(s) Currently Offered

Evenings  12 weeks 
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1/12/2015 - 4/7/2015 (no class 1/19, 2/16)
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Loretta Ebron