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Training for Community Health Workers

After recruitment and hiring, programs may provide hands-on training for CHWs. Trainings may address soft skills, technical skills and techniques, and knowledge of specific health topics. Trainings may also support certification requirements, which vary by state. Trainings may involve interactive components, team-based exercises, experiential or on-the-job learning, and/or mentoring.

Training for CHWs may be provided by local and regional entities, such as CHW organizations or associations, state and local governmental public health agencies, service provider professionals and organizations, community-based organizations, voluntary associations, health advocacy groups, academic and education centers, and other categories of interested parties.

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