Community Health Worker Training Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is a Texas Department of State Health Services certified CHW Training Center and offers CHW certification and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for both CHWs and CHW Instructors.

“A community health worker  is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served.  This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social  services and the community  to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.”

American Public Health Association

The Community Health  Worker Training Center

  • CHW Certification Course offered Spring and Fall Semesters.
  • Sixteen (16) Week Online Training.
  • $750.00 program fee to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.
  • Eight core competencies of a CHW.
  • 160 contact hours of classroom applications following a weekly schedule.
  • Program approved and certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
  • Continuing Education training opportunities available (CEUs) for CHWs and CHW Instructors.
  • Collaboration on research projects related to CHWs.
  • Department of Labor CHW Apprenticeship opportunities.
  • CHW Instructor affiliation.
  • Consulting on CHW program planning and implementation.

Roles of a Community Health Worker

  • Serving as a link between patients and the healthcare team
  • Address any problems that patients may have accessing care
  • Insurance Assistance
  • Emotional Support
  • Transportation Needs
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Educational Support
  • Chronic Disease Self-management
  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Informal Counseling
  • Advocacy

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