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Community Health Worker Training

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Course will run again spring term, 2019.

Exact dates TBD, but will follow this overall schedule:

Weekly classes:

Tuesday evenings (seminar series)
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Higher Education Center, Rm TBD
Also includes 6 Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Dates: TBD
Additional online coursework must also be completed.

However, class is not totally online. Saturday sessions must be attended in-person, but the Tuesday sessions can be done by phone remotely for those outside of the Southern Oregon area.

Non-credit* tuition
Between $195 - $395, exact price TBD. Price will include books (Course number: 9.422)

*This course (HC100) is also available for 6 RCC credits at standard tuition rates. Books are also provided to credit students.

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. PSS has a main focus on the mental health field.)

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.

Employment as a CHW can be an outcome of the Basic Health Care Certificate, as part of Career Pathways. Students using Federal Financial Aid to pay for courses should enroll in the credit section of CHW, HC100.

This 120-hour CHW course is offered as a blended Web class. Class will be delivered both in class and via the Web. In-class sessions are offered on weekends and evenings to better serve those currently working. Web content is completed outside of classroom hours. For additional information please call Kenton Gould at 541-956-7118.