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Community Health Worker Training Program

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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

  • Have a clear criminal record and able to pass a drug test

  • 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.


Fern Gilkerson
Fern Gilkerson

Healthcare Training Program Manager