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 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) 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