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Community Health Worker

Community Health Worker

Train for an in-demand career as a Community Health Worker. Community Health Workers assist with the growing need for data collection and education in the underserved communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Next class starts May 17th.

Scholarships are available thanks to the McBride Sisters’ grant. Learn more here.

About This Course


Students will be introduced to the position of Community Health Worker (CHW), community health concepts, resources, and skills related to the role and responsibilities of a Community Health Worker locally and nationally. A CHW conducts outreach services for organizations to implement programs within the community that promotes community and individual health and wellness. Students will leave the course with a basic understanding of community health & be able to better assess barriers to clients’ health.

Material Covered in This Course

  • Providing follow-up, goal setting with patients/families.
  • Assisting patients with completing applications and registration forms.
  • Conducting eligibility determination, enrollment and follow-up with uninsured patients.
  • Helping patients connect with local resources (including transportation availability)
  • Being knowledgeable about community needs and resources for patients/families

What Comes Next?

At successful completion of the program, students will receive the D.C. Child and Family Services Mandated Reporter Training, ASTHO/NCSD Covid-19 Contact Tracer Certification and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Guest Service Professional Certification.

Program Curriculum

Week 1
  • Course Introduction, Overview & Presentation
  • Health, Public Health & Healthcare
  • CHW History, Roles, Skills, & Tasks
  • HIPPA Requirements
  • Digital Literacy
Week 2
  • Barriers to Access/Use of Health Care
  • Personal Boundaries- Personal Safety, Know your
    Limits, Confidentiality & Ethics
  • Health Literacy
  • Making Contact: Covid-19
    Communication Skills-Verbal, Non-verbal, Electronic, & Written
Week 3
  • Basic Concepts of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Making Contact: Covid-19 training
  • Cultural Health Beliefs and Practices
  • Community Resources I
  • Communication Skills-Facilitative questioning types of questions, effective questioning, ineffective questioning
Week 4
  • Community Resources II
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Making Contact: Covid-19
  • Improving interpersonal skills
  • Keys to effectively engage the community
  • Taking care of YOU:
    Stress-negative stressors and positive ways of coping with stress
Week 5
  • Service Coordination
  • Referrals and links to service
  • Insurance 101
  • Conflict resolution
  • Broad determinants of health and public health
  • Health Disparities
  • Mandated Reporter training
Week 6
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Time-Management
  • Taking care of YOU:
    Personal safety practices
  • Organizational Skills
Week 7
  • Gathering information for medical providers Working with clinicians Next steps in your career-review resume for employment opportunities
  • On-going Professional Development
  • Opportunities

a. English Language Arts
b. Math
c. Introduction to Infectious Disease
d. Introduction to Medical Terminology
e. Writing for Allied Health

Week 8

Final Presentations and “Patient” Exit Interviews

*Each student will be required to conduct a full
interview, assessed by Public Health professional

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Community Health Worker


Next Class Dates: May  17th – June 21st

Length of Program:
50 hours total, 35 hours of homework

Training Location:

Virtual Classroom

Classes will not be scheduled on federal holidays.

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