Community Health Worker Training
Fall Term 2015: Registration is now open. (Search within the fall schedule of classes; This course is not offered during the summer 2015 term.)
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 Maura Groves at 541-245-7828.
This project was funded $3,000,000 (100% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and a grant from the Oregon Community College Workforce Development. Rogue Community College is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services, alternate form and language services are available to individuals with disabilities and limited English proficiency free of cost upon request.