Community Health Worker

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Community Health Worker

What is a Community Health Worker? 

A Community Healthcare Worker (CHW) complements clinically-trained health care teams comprised of physicians, physician assistants, and nurses, among others. CHWs carry out a broad range of responsibilities that facilitate access to health care services and help support patients to achieve goals in their care plans. 

CHW Responsibilities include: 

  • Positively connecting to the community 
  • Helping others find access to healthcare and social services 
  • Managing cases and coordinating care 
  • Delivering home-based support services 
  • Coaching and promoting good health 

Course Description

In partnership with the Health Education Center, this program includes 90 classroom hours with an additional 50hrs of practicum experience for a total of 140hrs.  After successful completion, students should know: 

  • Analyze health issues and inequalities from public health and cultural perspectives. 
  • Summarize the process of community organizing, advocacy, and policy development as appropriate to the scope of practice for community health workers. 
  • Discuss and demonstrate non-clinical health assessment, advising, and service coordination planning, and client-centered counseling. 
  • Assess and apply professional skills, including the establishment of goals for internship placement, ethics, the scope of practice, professional boundaries, cultural humility, and self-care practices. 
  • Evaluate health care delivery systems, including eligibility and community resources in order to provide appropriate linkage services to clients. 
  • Describe and demonstrate mastery of cultural humility principles and practice in working with diverse clients and communities. 
  • Design, prepare and facilitate a group health education training or presentation demonstrating effective group-level teamwork and conflict resolution skills. 

Prerequisites 

  1. 16 years of age 
  2. Clean criminal background. A criminal background check may be performed. Students who have a criminal record are denied access to clinical internship sites. 

NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields.  Most Allied Health positions require COVID -19 vaccination including booster 

Certification 

Upon successful completion of this 140 hour program in addition to a minimum of 1000 hrs of experience working as a community health worker, students are eligible to apply for their license through the CT Department of Public health.  For specifics, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing–Investigations/Community-Health-Worker/Certification-Requirements 

A final grade of 80 (B-) or higher is required to pass this course. 

Course Schedule

Summer 2024: CRN #80048

  • Instructor: Cynthia Jean Mary, Health Education Center 
  • Instructional Method: Traditional-These classes are fully on campus. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
  • Date: 6/4/24-8/20/24 (No Class 7/4/24)
  • Day/Time: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00pm 4:00pm
  • Room: B120
  • Cost: $2,500, includes supplies
  • Registration deadline: 5/28/24

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more. 

Please Note: A seat will not be held until all your registration form and payment are received.