Nationwide, community health worker training programs have no mandated curriculum. While some states host their own community health worker training programs, there isn’t necessarily an evidence-based best practice for helping aspiring community health workers learn core competencies.

In South Carolina, Dominique Francis, MPH, and his colleagues at the Community Health Worker Institute have worked out their own community health worker training program that emphasizes participatory learning and experiential learning.

As the training coordinator for CHWI, a part of both South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and the Center for Community Health Alignment, Francis said it’s important that community health workers get to learn by doing. This helps to get to the core of what it means to be a community health worker, rather than just memorizing a set of principles. Read more at: