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The Nevada Community Health Worker
(CHW) Online Hybrid Training Course is designed to prepare students for their
work as future Community Health Workers. By introducing students to important
concepts such as documentation skills, health disparities, and service
coordination, this course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to work out
in the community.
This course is comprised of 8
lessons and includes assignments, discussions, and quizzes that correspond to
each lesson. The lessons are as follows:
and Introduction to the Course
Here students will be introduced to
the course requirements. This is completed through a synchronous session where
all students will be expected to attend through zoom. There are two synchronous
sessions per course.
This section focuses primarily on organization
and time management skills. It also demonstrates how to work within an
This section discusses the
importance of accurate documentation and confidentiality. Students will be
given examples of possible documents they might encounter in the workplace and
will learn how to effectively complete them.
Disparities and Social Determinants
In this lesson, health disparities
and social determinants of health are discussed. Students will be instructed on
how bias and stereotyping can affect treatment and care.
This section deals with assessment
in various realms such as public health, community capacity building, and
community needs. Students will be provided with examples of community
assessments and will understand the importance of assessment in their work as a
Community Health Worker.
This lesson talks about the role of
a Community Health Worker in connecting patients to internal and community-based supports and
resources. By learning how to provide resources to their patients, students can
effectively fulfill their obligations as a CHW.
and Developing a Case Study
This section explores how CHW’s
write and develop case studies. Students will be able to tell a story about
their patient and provide educational information to their interdisciplinary
team and to a wider audience.
This is the conclusion of this
course. Students will be asked to complete an assessment of the course at this
time and attend a final zoom to present their case studies.
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy (American Public Health Association, 2013).
The mission of the community health work profession is rooted in a set of core roles, core values and a specific code of ethics that drive their scope of work and practice within a community. These core roles, core values and code of ethics, embraced by CHWs throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of community health work’s unique purpose and perspective.