- 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, promotoras, 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; Or
- 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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Our Core Competencies for Community Health Workers Training is a 90-hour curriculum with a required 50-hour practicum. Training methods combine presentations, short readings, videos, role plays, group discussions, specific health topics and other activities. Readings are from the textbook, Foundations for Community Health Workers, Second Edition. Practicum discussion will take place during class and students will build a community resources binder and resume by the last day of the training.
CHW Definition: According to the Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut, a Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member and has a close understanding of, and ability to communicate with the community served.
This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison-link-intermediary among the community, health and social services to facilitate access to resources and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
Core Competencies: Our Community Health Worker Core Competencies Training aligns with the core competencies defined by Connecticut State Innovation Model (SIM) CHW Advisory Committee. These include:
- Outreach Skills
- Individual and Community Assessment Skills
- Communication Skills
- Interpersonal and Relationship Building Skills
- Education and Facilitation Skills
- Service Coordination and Navigation Skills
- Capacity Building Skills
- Advocacy Skills
- Evaluation and Research Skills
- Professional Skills and Conduct
Our Knowledge Base of Health Topics: Finally, our health topic modules are interspersed throughout the curriculum and include the following:
- Physical activity and nutrition;
- Diabetes and diabetes complications;
- Use of Diabetes Cost Tool to manage the costs of diabetes self-management;
- Smoking and your health;
- Mental/behavioral health issues and their connection to physical health;
- Social determinants of health (SDoH) and related disparities and;
- The principles of health equity COVID-19 and telehealth.
Upcoming Course Information:
Duration: August 21st- November 15th
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
Price: $2,450 per individual. Payment plans are available.