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Community Health Worker

Community health workers are trusted members of the community they serve who assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors.

They may also conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.

Additionally, community health workers may provide information on available resources, provide support and informal counseling, and be advocates for individuals and community health needs. Individuals may work in settings such as outreach, patient navigation systems, peer counseling environments, or health aids in schools.

Community Health Worker Training

Learn to conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain and improve individual and community health. This program combines 108 hybrid classroom hours with up to 60 service learning hours. The classroom instruction covers topics such as the role of community health workers, public health, chronic disease management, mental health, health outreach, community organizing and advocacy, client-centered counseling, conducting client interviews, care management and home visits. The service learning experience provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and participate in resource gathering, networking and outreach, and job shadowing.

Who should attend this program?

Any community-oriented individual, at least 18 years of age, interested in helping others navigate local healthcare systems and learn advocacy strategies.

Cost of Program

All instructional materials for this program are entirely grant funded.


The classroom instruction is held at the William J. Harrison Education Center. Students must be available during daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for the classroom instruction and at other times as needed to complete service learning hours.

Download additional program information (pdf).

Program Calendar

This is the upcoming start date for this cohort-based training.

Community Health Worker Class Schedule
Start Date End Date Enrollment Deadline
April 24, 2018 June 28, 2018 March 30, 2018
July 23, 2018 September 2018 June 30, 2018


Community Health Experience

Some degree and certificate programs offered by the college require students to obtain community health service learning experience as part of their course work. Hospitals and health facilities may mandate that a criminal background check and/or drug screening check be conducted prior to placement in a clinical setting and as part of an employer’s screening process. Students not passing these checks may be prohibited from participating in the community health service learning experience thus rendering the student ineligible to satisfactorily meet the course/program requirements, and/or ineligible for hire.

Contact Us

Call the Healthcare Workforce Training Hotline at 314-539-5900 to hear announcements about program information. If you would like to talk with a program representative about the details of a program, please apply now.

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