A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who has a close understanding of the community he or she serves. CHWs help individuals, families, groups, and communities develop access to resources, including health insurance, food, housing, and quality care.
The program consists of 120 hours of lecture (which includes an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid certification training), along with a 50-hour required internship experience. The program will prepare students to perform a wide range of activities to increase the community's health knowledge and self-sufficiency, including outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy. Students will also learn how to make home visits to chronically ill patients, pregnant women and nursing mothers, individuals at high risk of health problems, and the elderly.
Mental Health First Aid on 5/15 and 5/17