Community Health Worker Training Program

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Readying Paraprofessionals for Emerging Opportunities


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Our Mission

To train and expand the Community Health paraprofessional workforce to meet the employment needs of the community.

About Us

Through a collaborative partnership with Temple University’s School of Social Work’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD), TUH is assisting CSPCD in expanding its Community Health Worker (CHW) training program to Harrisburg and other rural and underserved communities in eastern and central Pennsylvania, through a Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP) grant from the U.S. Department of Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Community Health Workers are:

  • Trusted members of the community who have an unusually close understanding of the community served.

  • Liaisons between health and social services and the community who facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

  • Individual and community capacity builders who increase knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

To apply, complete this online application


Read our story about preparing a CHW program student for a growing field


Upcoming Events

  • Student Orientations:

    • January 16, 2017 (Monday, Martin Luther King Holiday)

    • January 27, 2017 (Friday)

    • February 4, 2017 (Saturday)

  • Course beginning February 22, 2017; ending May 29, 2017 at Temple University Harrisburg

    • ​To be held Wednesdays 5:00pm – 8:30pm & Saturdays 9:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Us

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Susan Washinger
Program Coordinator