Community Health Worker Certification Program: Developing Community Health Workers who excel in coordinating the care of those most at risk for poor health.
What is a Community Health Worker?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) serves as a liaison between the medical and social services entities and the community residents. They are a frontline Public Health worker who understands the community needs where the Community Health Worker usually resides. Community Health Workers advocate for change, improve access to the quality of care, and cultural competency of services delivered.
A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
Although responsibilities vary, here are examples of potential tasks completed by community health workers:
- Assist in finding and establishing a relationship with medical and behavioral health services.
- Act as a liaison between various providers and their patients.
- Help navigate the health insurance system.
- Find basic resources for patients.
- Provide support during pregnancy and patients with chronic disease.
How do you become a Certified Community Health Worker?
To become certified in Ohio you must attend an approved training program, submit an online application to Ohio Board of Nursing, and meet all requirements to obtain a certificate.
Health Care Access Now, delivers an approved training program and is a leader in developing Community Health Workers in Cincinnati. Our 12 week training program will give you the skills you need to help care for those most at risk for poor health outcomes.
Training and Certification
The Community Health Worker Certification Program includes 100 hours of classroom training that addresses the core competencies in health, knowledge of social service resources, communication skills, advocacy, CPR certification, lifespan development and basic community health worker skills. The in-class portion of the program will be held Monday and Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (evening times beginning in May 2020) at our 4966 Glenway Ave. offices. Full attendance is required for all in-class coursework.
Students must also complete 130 hours of a community-based practicum as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing for state certification. Health Care Access Now assists students to identify and complete the required community-based practicum with local hospitals, health care providers and nonprofit organizations.
Upon completion of the classroom training and community-based practicum, students are qualified to apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for a certificate to practice as a Certified Community Health Worker.
2020 Program Dates
Students must complete one 12 week program. HCAN offers consecutive programs throughout the year. The 2020 program dates are:
- Jan. 6-March 27
- May 4-July 24
How To Apply
Apply online for the Community Health Worker Certification Program here.
- A resident of Ohio
- $250 application fee
- Completed physical and updated immunization, including TB testing
- A copy of a high school diploma or GED documentation
- A copy of the applicant’s government-issued photo identification to verify 18 years of age
- A 75 percent competency level in each skill evaluation
- Acceptable BCI (civilian) and FBI (federal) criminal records check, before participating in the community-based practicum (not included in the cost of tuition)
- See Program Administrator
- Full schedule forth coming
Full program tuition is $3,100.00 dollars and covers textbooks, access to the community health worker resource website and professional networking.
If you are currently employed in the health care industry, please check with your employer to see if there is any assistance with some or all the cost of tuition.
Ohioans who meet these criteria may qualify for the WIOA funds:
- Adults over the age of 18, who are eligible to work in the United States of America and, if applicable, registered for Selective Service.
- Dislocated Workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own.
- Youth aged 14-24 with special conditions including low-income, pregnant or a parent.
There are limited scholarships available for the Community Health Worker Certification Program. Please download the application here.
To learn more about the Community Health Worker Training Program or to register, please contact Melinda Spong at 513-707-5696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.