Our Community Health Worker training and Certification Program introduces learners to the core concepts of the community health worker programs and explores what is needed to build and strengthen large scale programs in order to improve access to high-quality health services. The curriculum highlights the key components of designing community health systems. Participants will learn from leaders across the globe on how to advocate for, build and optimize community health worker programs.
Despite medical and technological advances, many individuals lack access to essential health services and over 8.9 million preventable deaths occur every year. There is a global shortage of health workers. Studies show that training community health workers can help close the gap and save millions of lives. A community health worker provides cultural mediation between health care, social services and the community. They are a trusted member and have a close understanding of the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status and life experiences of the community served.
Our Community Health Worker training and Certification Program provides leadership to enhance the development and implementation of statewide training and certification standards. It also provides administrative rules for people who are certified as promotors or community health workers, instructors and sponsoring institutions/training programs.
For more information, please contact
Randi Matzenbacher at
Matzenbacher@healtheducenter.org or call 860-465-8281
"The course is transformative! It empowers individuals with the skills needed to be effective and
empathic advocates for the communities they serve." -CHW Graduate
Frequently Asked Questions
Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This enables the worker to serve as a liaison between health and social services within the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. They can be members of the community who work either for pay or as volunteers in association with the local health care system or with health resource agencies in both urban and rural environments. Community Health Workers provide culturally appropriate health education and information, help people connect to the care they need, give informal counseling and guidance on health behaviors, and advocate for individual and community health needs.
To attend the Community Health Worker training a person would need to have proficiency of the English language and be able to attend the training via zoom. They also need to be 16 years of age or older.
Characteristics of a good Community Health Worker include community knowledge, open mindedness, empathy, and lived experience with utilizing health resources.
Community Health Workers are in increasing demand from employers. However, they have been identified by many titles, such as community health advisors, lay health advocates, promoters, outreach educators, community health representatives, peer health promoters, and peer health educators. Try looking for the title Community Health Worker as well as some of theses other titles on job boards in your area.
Community Health Workers in Connecticut must apply for Certification through the Department of Public Health. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Is trained and educated as a community health worker by an organization approved by the Community Health Worker Advisory Body (the Heath Education Center’s Community Health Worker training meets this criteria);
Is at least 16years of age;
Submits a professional reference from an employer with direct knowledge of the applicant's experience as a community health worker;
Submits a reference from a member of the community with direct knowledge of the applicant's experience as a community health worker, and
Has a minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours of experience working as a community health worker during the three years prior to the date of such application;
Has a minimum of two thousand (2,000) hours of paid or unpaid experience as a community health worker;
Submits a professional reference from an employer with direct knowledge of the applicant's experience as a community health worker
Submits a reference from a member of the community with direct knowledge of the applicant's experience as a community health worker.
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Yes, the community health worker training is virtual via zoom.
The Community Health Worker training is $2,350 per person.
We have partnered with the Eastern Workforce Investment Board to offer coverage of this cost. You can find the application HERE. This can be a lengthy process, so please begin filling out this form as soon as possible.
Yes! We are able to offer a payment plan for this training. The plan consists of a $500 down payment followed by weekly payments spread out over the duration of the training. The substance of these payments will depend upon the time you have between your registration and the end of the training