CHW Training Opportunities
Training, Coaching, Support & Partnerships
A Community Health Worker is a trusted member of the community who empowers their peers through education and connections to health and social resources. The Community Health Worker Institute (CHWI) supports the advancement of the CHW workforce through training, coaching, showing impact in communities, and working in partnership with clinical teams. The CHWI’s training team is made up of Certified Community Health Workers (CCHWs) with years of experience. These trained professionals craft course curriculums that utilize the C3 project as a guideline, incorporate popular education and adult learning techniques that stress the importance of peer-to-peer learning throughout, and have been vetted by as well as co-created with CCHWs in the field.
CHW Core Competency Training
The Community Health Worker Core Competency Training Curriculum provides participants with the foundational knowledge necessary to begin work as a Community Health Worker (CHW) and provides an avenue to certification eligibility. After all phases of training have been completed, training participants will be prepared to sit for the South Carolina Community Health Worker Exam (administered by the South Carolina Community Health Worker Association.
Due to training capacity, the application form for this training has been closed and will reopen on December 1st, 2023. For more information regarding our 2024 training calendar, please visit our training calendar and follow us on social media!
The Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA) is contracting with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to provide community health worker (CHW) training to South Carolinians in all 46 counties. This funding covers the full cost of tuition for CCHA’s trainings. Scholarships are available for SC residents who qualify. To complete the scholarship application, please click here.
“Great training, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone did an excellent job. Best training I have ever attended thus far. Looking forward to continuing and being more involved with the Center for Community Health Alignment.”
CHW Health and Racial Equity Training
Identifying how Community Health Workers (CHWs) can use their role in their communities to help transform health disparities into equity through interactive, reflective, and peer-to-peer learning. Topics covered will help CHWs advance health and racial equity in the workplace, communities, and within the CHW profession. This training is made possible by Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity campaign.
Oral Health Training
Developed in partnership with DHEC Department of Oral Health & SC Oral Health Coalition. Based on Smiles for Life curriculum, this training includes child oral health, adult oral health, geriatric oral health, and oral health during pregnancy. Learn how CHWs successfully address the oral health needs of the state and the needs of their participants.
Perinatal CHW Workshop
The Perinatal CHW Workshop is a 30-hour interactive course that complements the CHW Core Competency Training with specific information and skills for working with families during the perinatal period (preconception, pregnancy, and up to the infant’s 2nd birthday). The workshop covers Life Course health, reproductive life planning, contraceptive counseling, stages of pregnancy and labor, developmental milestones, infant safety, and building CHW skills for the perinatal period.
Opioid Misuse Prevention Training
The Opioid Use Disorder training includes discussion of topics including, but not limited to, opioid use disorder trends/statistics, opioid overdose prevention concepts, treatment and recovery concepts, communications strategies related to stigma, patient privacy considerations, and the role of CHWs in the effort to reduce the negative impacts of opioid use.
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
CCHA is currently in the process of developing a chronic disease management and prevention specialty track training. The training is meant to serve as an introductory or “refresher” learning experience for CHWs or other community facing professionals who work with populations impacted by diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Our LGBTQIA+ specialty track is a training course currently being co-developed by CCHA and the U of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. With the input of participants who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the training helps CHWs gain a better understanding of the LGBGTQIA+ community, historical strengths and health barriers relevant to the community, and potential ways to support the community in efforts to work towards equitable health.
We have received an opportunity from the American College of Rheumatology to host a training about lupus, a chronic disease that disproportionately affects women and racial/ethnic minorities. The training is typically offered over in one day from 9 am to 4 pm with a hour break for lunch. Training will be facilitated in English, however, handouts for clients and community members are available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese.