Institute of Emerging Health Professions
Community Health Worker Certificate
10 months or less
Students in Jefferson’s Community Health Worker Certificate program are trained to help people access health care and social services to build healthier communities. The program will prepare students to work in diverse areas including non-profit and social services organizations, health systems, clinical practices, and insurance companies.
According to the Department of Labor, over the next 10 years the need for competently trained Community Health Workers (CHW), is predicted to increase by 25%. A community health worker is specially trained to help people access health care and social services to build healthier communities. By developing a trusted relationship with the community, the CHW is able to serve as a liaison between health and social services to facilitate access to the community’s needed health information and care. The CHW will bridge the gap between the community and health care providers for those who come from low-income families, diverse cultural backgrounds, aging communities, and not acquainted with available services. They work in various areas including non-profit and social services organizations, health systems, clinical practices, and insurance companies.
CHW students will learn how to build individual and community health knowledge in order to improve quality and cultural competence of needed health services through outreach, community education, social support, advocacy, and care counseling.