Community Health Worker Training Program

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The next TUH CHW course will be held online via Zoom for the Spring 2021 semester, starting on January 5, 2021 and ending on May 25, 2021.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

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Who's it for?

Are you passionate about health issues and conditions that impact health? Do you want to make a difference in your community? If yes, the Temple University Harrisburg CHW Training Program might just be right for you!

CHW skills may be applied to a variety of job roles such as:

  • Community Health Worker

  • Client Navigator

  • Promotores de Salud

  • Home-Visitor

  • Educator

  • Advocate

  • Counselor

  • Social worker

Course Outline

Through the program, participants will have six graded assignments including:

  • Class participation

  • Journal entries

  • Quizzes

  • Healthy topic presentation

  • Roleplay

  • Client Simulation

Breakdown of program material:

1. Community Health Foundations (48 hours)

  • Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Humility & Health Beliefs

  • Health Information, Literacy & Medical Terms

  • Ethics and Professionalism

  • Trauma-informed Practice and Self-care

2. Community Health Counseling (48 hours)

  • Person-centered, Strengths-based & harm-reduction approaches

  • Health Interviews, Progress Notes & Electronic Health Records

  • Behavior Change Theory & Health Counseling Skills

  • Motivational Interviewing

3. Job Skills for Community Health Workers (24+ hours)

  • Public Health and the Role of Community Health Workers

  • Scope of Practice, Service Coordination & Referrals

  • Health Education Outreach & Presentations

  • Skills Assessment -- CHW Presentation & Simulation

Learner Outcomes

Through the program, participants are expected to:

  • Increase knowledge of health information

  • Build organizational skills

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills

  • Enhance interpersonal skills

  • Gain client capacity building skills

  • Demonstrate presentation, teaching and outreach skills

  • Increase knowledge of community services

  • Build service coordination skills

  • Enhance advocacy skills


Applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED

  • Be proficient in reading and writing skills and have basic computer literacy skills

  • Complete the online application and pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $50. If the applicant is not accepted into the program the deposit will be refunded.

  • This course will be offered online via Zoom


Fern Gilkerson
Fern Gilkerson

Healthcare Training Program Manager