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. Additional services provided by UT Health Science Center CHW Training Center includes collaboration on research projects related to CHWs, Department of Labor CHW Apprenticeship training, affiliations as a CHW Instructor, specialized training packages, and consulting on CHW program planning and implementation.
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 Program
- 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).
- 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