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Module 3: Training Approaches

Many successful community health worker (CHW) programs integrate curriculum, training, or education for CHWs. Training for community health workers (CHWs) may be provided by local and regional entities, such as CHW organizations, state and local governmental public health agencies, service provider professionals and organizations, community-based organizations and other voluntary associations and health advocacy groups, academic and education centers, and other categories of interested parties. CHWs themselves may also inform or implement trainings.

CHW training can be approached differently depending on a program's perspective:

  • Healthcare systems perspective
    Allows for a broader and more strategically controlled access to health services and better quality of care assurance
  • Community perspective
    Translates into access to new healthcare resources and points of service, as well as enhanced recognition of CHWs as valuable community human capital
  • CHW perspective
    Validates the value of the work of CHWs, provides greater opportunities for reimbursement of CHW services, equips them with greater community building capacity, and offers opportunity for personal growth

This module presents information on CHW curriculums, training materials, state certification programs, and training approaches for CHW programs.

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