What is a Community Health Worker?
“A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
A community health worker 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."
American Public Health Association’s definition of CHWs
Who should attend?
- Individuals who wish to pursue a career as a Certified Community Health Worker and enter the healthcare and social service arena.
- Providers of healthcare who wish to certify staff as Community Health Workers increasing access to health services and decreasing hospital readmissions.
This 40 hour course prepares the student for the certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam the community health worker will be certified in the State of Indiana.
- $1,500 course fee includes instruction materials (books and student manual), registration, examination and 1 year Indiana Community Health Workers Association membership
- Students are responsible for lunches, travel and lodging (if applicable)