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Community Health Worker Training

Fall 2016:  Register now! (Search within the fall schedule of classes; This course is not offered during the summer 2016 term.)

Term begins - September 26, 2016
Term ends - December 9, 2016
Weekly classes:
  • Tuesday nights from 6:00 - 8:50pm at the Higher Education Center  Room 322
Three mandatory weekends:
  • October 1 and  2; 9am - 4pm at Table Rock Campus (White City) Room 101
  • October 15, November 5 and 19 and December 3; 9am - 4pm at the Higher Education Center  Room 227

RCC's Allied Health Department has developed a 120-hour training, approved by the Oregon Health Authority, which will allow participants to be certified as a Community Health Worker in the state of Oregon.  

Community Health Workers are one of the five newly-recognized traditional healthcare worker professions within the state of Oregon.  (Rogue Community College also offers peer support specialist certification training, another traditional health worker profession.  

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who have a close understanding of and connection to the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables CHW’s to serve as a link between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

CHWs may offer interpretation and translation services, provide culturally appropriate health education and information, assist people in receiving the care they need, give informal counseling and guidance on health behaviors, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and may provide some direct services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. CHWs are effective at building bridges between underserved communities and the health services they need.

CHWs are usually employed by departments of public health, clinics, community care organizations, or nonprofit organizations. Course information will be delivered using a combination of in-class and online instruction.

This 120-hour course is offered as a blended Web class. Class will be delivered both in class and via the Web each week. In class sessions are offered on weekends and evenings to better serve participants who are currently working in the field. For additional information please call Daniel Wu at 541-245-7845.