Community health workers (CHWs) are trusted messengers who connect individuals to health care and other services. CHWs work to address health disparities, particularly in communities most impacted by social, economic and environmental injustice.
Join this dynamic workforce by building your skills in topics such as community outreach and engagement, communication and cultural responsiveness.
Training plans are flexible to meet the needs of working participants and have in-person, online and self-paced options. Once you complete training, you will be matched with an employer for an internship. Opportunities for earning college credit are available.
Community health workers are employed in many different types settings. These include medical and healthcare facilities, public health agencies, community organizations and services, and schools, among others. To prepare trainees for work in this dynamic field, the training program includes both community skills and navigation skills.
CHW skills for community engagement include community assessment, facilitation skills, outreach, CHW ethics and values, and cultural mediation skills.
Navigation skills for reducing barriers to care include connecting clients to resources, professional boundaries, coaching on behavior change, communication skills, and team-based care coordination.
Participants who enroll in the full training program will be eligible to receive a $2,000 stipend to offset costs while in training.
Are you interested in an apprenticeship as a CHW? Apprenticeships are paid, 1-year placements where you do your training and on-the-job experience at the same time. Our partners at Trailhead Institute will help find you an opportunity that is a good fit.
Apprenticeships for this CHW training program are managed by Trailhead Institute’s Colorado Public Health Works program.
This program is a groundbreaking AmeriCorps Apprenticeship program providing career entry into the field of public health from local communities throughout Colorado. Through the Colorado Public Health Works program, AmeriCorps members will serve in regions throughout the state and many will simultaneously pursue certification as a Community Health Worker through a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship designed to increase the capacity of local public health agencies.
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Community Health Worker Training Pathways
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