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Community Health Worker

Community Health Workers helping patients

The Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline professional who functions as a liaison between health/ social service providers and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery (American Public Health Association 2010). This 32-hour program allows students to gain and/or enhance their knowledge of the CHW profession as well as prepare for the state certification exam. It consists of the following modules, which can be taken individually or collectively depending on the student’s professional development needs:

  • Module 1: Enhancing CHW Service Delivery Through Communication and Education
  • Module 2: Foundations of Health for the CHW
  • Module 3: Professional Responsibilities of the CHW
  • Module 4: The Community Health Worker as Advocate
  • Module 5: Identifying Client Needs and Resources in a Community Health Setting

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This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant project number 1 G06HP27886-01-00 and the Community Health Worker MA Program for $591,732.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the SAMHSA, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.