Upcoming Trainings:

CHW Health and Racial Equity Training:

This 20 hour course is tailored to enhance Community Health Workers to know their role and power as it relates to transforming inequities into equity through interactive, reflective, and peer-to-peer learning. CHW attendees will connect individual racial inequitable experiences to systemic level issues in order to challenge and transform them. Topics covered will foster understanding and preparation to enact how CHWs advance health and racial equity in the workplace, communities, and advance equity within the CHW profession. For additional information please contact Mike Young, MA, CHW at youngmf2@email.sc.edu

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 baby’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. For additional information please contact Sarah Covington-Kolb at sc77@mailbox.sc.edu

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 effective support the work of their CHW employees. 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. This virtual 9 hour course is currently available for $500. You can find the latest training dates on our website at https://communityhealthalignment.org/events/ and register for the next training by completing this form.  Please contact Dom Francis at francid2@email.sc.edu  for more information.

LGBTQIA+ Training:

Our LGBTQIA+ specialty track is a training currently being co-developed by CCHA and Dr. Vanessa Kitzie’s team at the UofSC School of Library and Information Science. With the input of participants who identify as members of/ally’s close to the LGBTQIA+ community, the co-developers aim to provide this 30-hour training as a resource to Community Health Workers, other community-facing professionals, or anyone interested in such who want to gain a better understanding of the LGBGTQIA+ community, historical strengths and barriers relevant to the community, and potential ways to support the community in efforts to work towards equitable health. Full development of the training is anticipated to be complete in the first quarter of 2022. If you are interested in this training or would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

For more information regarding the overall project, visit our “Focus Areas” page devoted to this initiative.  

Gender Affirming Care:

Our Gender Affirming Care specialty track is a training that was co-developed with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Equity Research. The 10 hour module aims to equip CHWs, other community facing health professionals, or anyone interested in advancing equity in the community with foundational tools to provide gender affirming care for all (especially transgender people of color). This training has been developed and piloted and will be facilitated upon expressed demand(and current CCHA capacity). If you are interested in this training or would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

For more information regarding the overall project, visit our “Focus Areas” page devoted to this initiative. 

HIV 101 Training:

Our HIV 101 specialty track is a training that was co-developed with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Equity Research. The 10 hour module aims to equip CHWs, other community facing health professionals, or anyone interested in advancing equity in the community with foundational tools to provide gender affirming care for all (especially transgender people of color). This training has been developed and piloted and will be facilitated upon expressed demand(and current CCHA capacity). If you are interested in this training or would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

For more information regarding the overall project, visit our “Focus Areas” page devoted to this initiative.

Rural Health Training:

Our Rural Health specialty track was developed based on combined efforts from the UofSC School of Social work, South Carolina Office of Rural Health, and Community Health Workers across the state who work in rural South Carolina. This training is a two-day participatory workshop for health professionals working in the scope of a CHW or professionals interested in learning how to more effectively conceptualize and engage in work with members of rural communities. In exchange for formal feedback, participants will be offered certificates of completion. If you would like to sign up for the training, please visit our Current Trainings page. For more information regarding CCHAs efforts in rural settings, visit our “Focus Areas” page.

If you would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

Adolescent Maternal and Child Heath Specialty Track Training:

Our Adolescent Maternal and Child Health Specialty Track was co-developed with Fact Forward. The 30 hour participatory training experience is designed to lay the foundation for CHWs or other health professionals with similar responsibilities who aim to provide quality care for adolescents with perinatal health needs.

This training has been developed and will be facilitated based upon expressed demand (and current CCHA capacity). If you are interested in this training or would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

For more information regarding the overall project, visit our “Focus Areas” page devoted to this initiative.

Adolescent Sexual Health Specialty Track Training:

Our Adolescent Sexual Health Specialty Track was co-developed with Fact Forward. The 10 hour participatory training experience is designed to lay the foundation for CHWs or other health professionals with similar responsibilities who aim to provide quality support to adolescents navigating resources related to their sexual health. This training has been developed and will be facilitated based upon expressed demand (and current CCHA capacity). If you are interested in this training or would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

For more information regarding the overall project, visit our “Focus Areas” page devoted to this initiative. 

Opioid Misuse Prevention Training:

Our 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 10 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. This training has been developed and will be facilitated based upon expressed demand (and current CCHA capacity). If you are interested in this training or would like more information, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu

CHW Core Competency Training:

The Community Health Worker Core Competency Training Curriculum is delivered utilizing participatory learning techniques and adult learning principles. Training is a total of approximately 161 hours. Those 161 hours are divided into 81 hours of facilitated learning and 80 hours of practicum experience. Not only does the training serve as an experiential learning opportunity that provides participants with the firm foundational knowledge necessary to begin work as a Community Health Worker, but the training also is a gateway 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). For more information please visit the webpage we have dedicated to this training. 

PASOs Training for CHW Certification:

The PASOs’ curriculum has been based off the national level C3 Core Competencies’ recommendations which are related to the central roles of CHW’s and the skills and qualities that have been collectively defined as essential competencies. Additionally, this curriculum meets the localized standards put forth by the South Carolina Community Health Worker Association’s Core Competencies to meet the requirements of the credentialing council to be deemed certifiable. The training is all in Spanish and it has been designed with 80 hours of virtual/classroom-based training and 80 hours of practicum in-the-field training activities. This unique combination of lectured learning and training will develop the skills needed by CHWs and allow them to respond in effective ways to the needs of Latino individuals and families, reduce disparities in their health, and advocate for changes in the health care system.

 To facilitate learning in each of the sessions included in the curriculum, various educational techniques will be used such as small group work, individual case analysis, role playing, game dynamics, brain storming, discussions, visuals such as boards, charts, PowerPoint presentations, cards, personal written reflections, and investigation activities. The experiences and awareness of each CHW, situations they observed in the community or previous work experiences will contribute to the enrichment of the sessions and will provide a basis of understanding and legitimizing the CHW’s knowledge base. The practicum portion will guarantee the application of topics acquired during the theoretical training through working in duos or small groups to conduct individual interventions in agencies or health centers, facilitating health educational workshops, organizing, and carrying out health events, home visits, and developing a community mapping.

Entrenamiento de PASOs para Certificación de Promotores:

El plan de estudios de PASOs está basado en las recomendaciones de las Competencias Básicas C3 a nivel nacional que se relacionan con las funciones centrales de los CHW y las habilidades y cualidades que se han definido colectivamente como competencias esenciales. Además, este plan de estudios cumple con los estándares localizados establecidos por las Competencias Básicas de South Carolina Community Health Worker Association (SCCHWA), permitiendo la certificación de los promotores de salud.  El entrenamiento es completamente en español y esta diseñado para 80 horas de clases virtuales/presenciales y 80 horas de actividades prácticas. Esta combinación única de aprendizaje y capacitación impartidos desarrollará las habilidades que necesitan los promotores de salud para responder de manera eficaz a las necesidades de los individuos y familias latinas, reducir las disparidades en su salud y abogar por cambios en el sistema de atención médica.

 Para facilitar el aprendizaje en cada una de las sesiones incluídas en el plan de estudios, se utilizarán diversas técnicas educativas como el trabajo en subgrupos, análisis de casos individuales, juegos de rol, dinámicas de juego, lluvia de ideas, discusiones, visuales como tableros, gráficos, presentaciones en PowerPoint, tarjetas, reflexiones personales escritas y actividades de investigación. Las experiencias y el conocimiento de cada promotor de salud, situaciones que han observado en la comunidad o experiencias laborales previas contribuirán al enriquecimiento de las sesiones y proporcionarán una base para comprender y legitimar la base de conocimientos del promotor de salud. La parte práctica garantizará la aplicación de los temas adquiridos durante la formación teórica mediante el trabajo en dúos o pequeños grupos para realizar intervenciones individuales en agencias o centros de salud, facilitando talleres educativos sobre salud, organizando y realizando eventos de salud, visitas domiciliarias y desarrollando un mapeo comunitario.

Diabetes Prevention Training:

CCHA is currently in the process of co-developing a 4 hour diabetes specialty track with the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. The training is meant to serve as an introductory or “refresher” learning experience for Community Health Workers or other community facing professionals who believe this foundational knowledge related to populations impacted by diabetes could assist them in serving their community. 

 If you would like more information about this training, please contact Community Health Worker Institute Training Manager, Dom Francis francid2@email.sc.edu