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 Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA) supports the advancement of the CHW workforce through training, coaching, showing impact in communities, and working in partnership with clinical teams. CCHA’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.

To register for this training, the following application form needs to completed for each trainee. Cohorts are capped at 20 participants. Registration windows close 1 month prior to the training start date.

The standard cost for training is $1,850.00 for CHWs employed by agencies making more than 200k annually. There is a discounted price of $1,050.00 for CHWs employed by non-profit organizations making less than 200k annually. For independent, or self-pay, CHWs, there is a discounted price of $450.00.

“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

This training opportunity is made possible by Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity Campaign. This 15 hr training covers topics such as: equity, privilege, & inclusion; past & present policies that maintain health inequities; as well as learning how to create opportunities to impact & sustain systemic change through partnerships.

Oral Health Training

Developed in partnership with SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Division of Oral Health & SC Oral Health Action Network. 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.

CHW Supervisor Training

The CHW Supervisor Training is designed for individuals who want to gain a better understanding of the CHW Model in order to more effectively support the work of their CHWs in the field. This training provides supervisors with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the critical role of CHWs in the communities they serve and how to address common challenges when supervising CHWs. The standard cost of this training is $75, $50 for organizations making less than 200k annually, and $30 for self-pay and/or independent CHWs.

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.

LGBTQIA+ Training

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.

Lupus Training

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.

Opioid Misuse Prevention Training

The Opioid Use Disorder Curriculum was co-developed by full-time staff within CCHA and development was spearheaded by former CCHA practicum student, Selena Ready DeConti. The curriculum development included an in-depth literature review as well as extensive consultation from Community Health Workers with experience in substance use prevention settings. The finalized curriculum is 12.5 hours of participatory learning that encompasses 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 Community Health Workers in the effort to reduce the negative impacts of opioid use. 

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

This training curriculum is designed for CHWs and health professionals working within similar roles. is offered in two parts. The first component (5 hrs) provides learners with an introduction to understanding chronic disease. This introduction module encompasses topics such as: obesity, overweight, BMI, chronic & non-chronic conditions, infectious & non-infectious conditions, and an overview of prediabetes, type I, type II, and gestational diabetes.The second, or advanced, (15 hrs) component of this training provides a more in-depth review of supporting clients living with diabetes. We will cover healthy behaviors to assist with chronic disease management as it relates to health coaching. 

HIV 101 Specialty Training

This 15 hour training covers topics such as: HIV prevention methods, diagnosis & linkage to care, HIV treatment methods, as well as HIV stigma reduction & resources. This training is made possible by a collaboration between the Southeast AIDS Education Training Centers (AETC) & the Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA).

CHWs in Telehealth

In today’s evolving healthcare landscape, telehealth has emerged as a pivotal tool in improving access to care and enhancing healthcare delivery. This training program equips Community Health Workers (CHWs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively integrate telehealth into their practices. By the end of this training, participants will be empowered to leverage their roles as CHWs to foster trust and promote the utilization of telehealth among their communities.

CHWI Trainings Crafted to Meet Your Needs

Would you like for the Center for Community Health Alignment to create a training based around your needs as an organization? Please fill out the below training request form to request a training today. 

CHW Training in Spanish- Capacitaciones de promotores de salud en español

If you’re interested in CHW training in Spanish, please visit PASOs’ website to learn more. 

Para aprender sobre las capacitaciones de promotores de salud en español por favor visite el sitio web de PASOs.