Community Health Worker Spring 23
Time limit: 120 days
Full course description
To be notified the next time this course is available, please email Dr. Teresa Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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.
- Develop and integrate job readiness and professional skills necessary for employment in the CHW field.
- Define ethics, scope of practice, professional boundaries, conflict resolution, self-care, time management, & skills for giving & receiving constructive feedback.
- Analyze & evaluate health information from public health, behavioral science, evidence-based & cultural perspectives using best practices for health promotion.
- 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