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Training Materials for Community Health Worker Programs

Many programs have developed training materials and curricula to ensure community health workers (CHWs) learn the skills necessary to serve the target population. These programs have adapted materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state agencies, and academic institutions. Partnerships between college systems, communities, and employers are often involved in the development of the CHW training curricula.

Common components of CHW training materials address:

  • Cultural competence
  • Patient intake and assessment
  • Protocol delivery
  • Screening recommendations
  • Risk factors
  • Insurance eligibility and enrollment
  • Communication skills
  • Health promotion
  • Disease prevention and management
  • Programmatic data collection and evaluation

Some states may require legal and ethical training regarding CHW activities, as well as training designed to help CHWs understand the liabilities associated with their duties.

Resources to Learn More

Accompagnateurs Training Guide
Accompagnateurs are CHWs trained and employed to provide medical and psychosocial support for their neighbors. This pilot curriculum for accompagnateurs focuses on treatment and support for patients with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Organization(s): Partners in Health (PIH)

The Community Health Worker Training Manual Resource for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke
A user-friendly curriculum for CHWs to increase their skills in preventing heart disease, stroke, and the risk factors for these diseases.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Health Worker Training Programs
Provides information about the training program available to CHWs through the Institute for Public Health Innovation.
Organization(s): Institute for Public Health Innovation

Community Health Worker Training Resources
Provides a variety of resources related to training CHWs including a toolkit manual, a template for CHWs to document encounters with community members, and instructions on how to use a flipchart for providing educational instruction.
Organization(s): NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health

Minnesota Community Health Worker Curriculum
A CHW training curriculum based on the core competencies and health promotion competencies from Minnesota’s CHW Scope of Practice.
Organization(s): Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
Date: 2/2015

Outreach Manual: A Guide for Farmworker Health Outreach Staff
Provides guidance on incorporating outreach workers into health programs by defining their services, describing their implementation, identifying the required documentation, and includes a list of evaluation questions.
Organization(s): North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Rural Health and Community Care, North Carolina Farmworker Health Program
Date: Updated 7/2012

Community Health Worker Core Competency
An 80 hour curriculum for CHWs providing them with the knowledge to support their patients by helping them become involved in their healthcare, adhere to their treatment, and achieve better health outcomes.
Organization(s): Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center

Free Online Resource Portfolio
Series of free, downloadable resources, including guides and templates, for planning, implementing, and evaluating CHW programs. Many resources are available in Spanish.
NOTE: To access all Migrant Health Promotion materials, you must create a free user account with them
Organization(s): MHP Salud

Training Curriculum for Community Health Workers
Manual for in-person and online training of CHWs to improve the competencies of CHWs.
Organization(s): Washington State Department of Health and Healthy Communities – Washington
Date: 2015