Community Health Worker Certification
Community Health Workers (CHWs) positively affect vulnerable communities! They serve as liaisons between medical and social services and the community. They advocate for change and cultural competency of services delivered, as well as improving access to quality care.
CHWs build individual and community health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.
Although responsibilities vary, here are examples of potential tasks completed by community health workers:
Assist in finding and establishing a relationship with medical and behavioral health services.
Act as a liaison between various providers and their patients.
Help navigate the health insurance system.
Find resources for clients (housing, food, supplies and more).
Provide support during pregnancy and patients with chronic disease.
CHW Certification Requirements
CHWs demonstrate skills in the eight core competencies and must meet the following certification requirements:
Must be 16 year old
Training – Completion of an approved DSHS certified 160-hour competency-based Community Health Worker training program.
Training and Certification
The Community Health Worker Certification Program includes 144 hours of Web Based training that addresses the core competencies in health, knowledge of social service resources, communication skills, advocacy, CPR certification, lifespan development and basic community health worker skills. The in-class portion of the program will be held on last week of class to conduct CPR Certification 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at United Way 50 Waugh Dr. location. Full attendance is required for all in-class coursework.
Submit an online application to (https://form.jotform.com/222364621235045) to Register for Class.