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Community Health Worker Spring 23 is a Course

Community Health Worker Spring 23

Time limit: 120 days

$1,200 Enroll

Full course description

To be notified the next time this course is available, please email Dr. Teresa Wagner at

The American Public Health Association defines a community health worker as "a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served." CHWs are natural helpers in the community who 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.

Estimated Hours to Complete: 160

This course is designed to certify learners as Community Health Workers in the State of Texas.

CHW Certification Objectives

    1. Evaluate and implement entry-level proficiency in CHW skills including client-centered assessment, coaching and health education to deploy in group facilitation, community organizing and advocacy.​
    2. Develop and integrate job readiness and professional skills necessary for employment in the CHW field.​
    3. Define ethics, scope of practice, professional boundaries, conflict resolution, self-care, time management, & skills for giving & receiving constructive feedback.​
    4. Analyze & evaluate health information from public health, behavioral science, evidence-based & cultural perspectives using best practices for health promotion.​
    5. Appraise and apply core concepts for working effectively with diverse clients and communities, including cultural humility and ecological perspective.​ 

To Become a Certified CHW in Texas:

  • Must be a Texas Resident
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Training – Must complete 160 hour competency-based certification program certified by DSHS; or
  • Experience – At least 1,000 hours of verified CHW work services within the past 6 years
  • No cost to apply for certification
  • April 8th State CHW Day in Texas