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Community Health Worker Training

community health worker training

Course runs twice a year, in Spring and Fall terms.

To view the current class schedule visit: Schedule of Classes keyword search for Community Health Worker.

Non-credit* tuition, $499, (Course number: 9.422).
*This course (HC100) is also available for 6 RCC credits at standard tuition rates.

Textbooks required for the class:
Foundations for Community Health Workers, Tim Berthold (Editor), Alma Avila (Editor), Jennifer Miller (Editor), ISBN: 978-1-11906-081-9
Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior (Applications of Motivational Interviewing), by Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., William R. Miller Ph.D., M.D., Christopher C. Butler, M.D. ISBN: 978-1-59385-613-7

The credit and non-credit versions of this class run concurrently, the only differences being the price and whether or not you need to take it as a credit class for a degree. The credit cost total price is higher, but qualifies for Federal Financial Aid. The non-credit version does not qualify for Financial Aid.


Register for credit HC100 or non-credit 9.422 through your myRogue account.

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.