Courses in Community Health Worker

Role, Advocacy and Outreach

CHW 1000     2.00 Credits
This course focuses on the role of the community health workers' personal safety, self care, and personal wellness and the promotion of health and disease prevention of clients. (Prerequisites: None)

Organization and Resources

CHW 1015     1.00 Credits
This course focuses on the community health worker's knowledge of the community and their ability to prioritize and organize their work. Emphasis is on the use and critical analysis of resources and information problem solving. It is offered online. (Prerequisite: CHW 1000 Role, Advocacy and Outreach)

Teaching and Capacity Building

CHW 1025     2.00 Credits
This course focuses on the community health worker's role in teaching and increasing the capacity of the community and of the client to access the health care system. Emphasis is on establishing healthy lifestyles and clients' developing agreements to take responsibility for achieving health goals. You will learn about and practice methods for planning, developing and implementing plans with clients to promote wellness. It is offered online. (Prerequisite: CHW 1015 Organization and Resources)

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

CHW 1035     1.00 Credits
This course focuses on the legal and ethical dimensions of the community health workers role. You will study the boundaries of the community health worker position, agency policies, confidentiality, liability and mandatory reporting and cultural issues that can influence legal and ethical responsibilities. It is offered online. (Prerequisite: CHW 1025 Teaching and Capacity Building)

Coordination, Documentation and Reporting

CHW 1045     1.00 Credits
This course focuses on the importance and ability of the community health worker to gather, document and report on client visits and other activities. The emphasis is on appropriate, accurate and clear documentation with consideration of legal and agency requirements. It is offered online. (Prerequisite: CHW 1035 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities)

Communication Skills and Cultural Competence

CHW 1055     2.00 Credits
This course provides the content and skills in communication to assist community health workers in effectively interacting with a variety of clients, their families and a range of healthcare providers. Students will learn about communicating verbally and non-verbally, listening and interviewing, networking, building trust and working in teams. Students will practice communication skills in the context of a community's culture and the cultural implications that can affect client communication. It is offered online. (Prerequisite: CHW 1045 Coordination, Documentation and Reporting)

Community Health Worker Health Promotion

CHW 1065     3.00 Credits
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills a CHW needs in order to assist clients in realizing healthy eating patterns, controlling their weight, integrating exercise into their lives, taking their medications, talking with their doctors, controlling substances such as tobacco, managing stress, achieving life balance, and attaining personal and family wellness. Emphasis will be on learning strategies that can be used to aid in client awareness, and assist clients in understanding and linking to services in heart disease and stroke, maternal care, diabetes, cancer, oral health and mental health. (Prerequisite: CHW 1000 Role, Advocacy and Outreach)

Internship

CHW 1075     2.00 Credits
The CHW internship is an on-site, agency experience that offers continuous opportunities for CHW students to prepare for work in the Community Health Worker Role. CHWs work within their assigned agency to achieve competencies of the defined core roles of Community Health Workers. Upon successful completion, graduates will have achieved the competencies to make them eligible to work, with minimal supervision, as a CHW in an employing agency. (Prerequisite: CHW 1055 Communication and Cultural Competence)

The CHW as a Public Health Professional

CHW 1085     2.00 Credits
This course focuses on the field of public health and the CHW as a Public Health professional. Students learn about public health practice as it relates to CHWs, health inequities and the social determinants of health. It is offered online. (Prerequisites: CHW 1000 Role, Advocacy and Outreach)