Course Description

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. CHW’s frequently serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to coordinate healthcare, government and social service systems.

These dedicated professionals strive to provide help to individuals throughout a community through outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy (American Public Health Association). CHW’s work in all geographic settings, including rural, urban and metropolitan areas and Native American nations.

Although their roles vary depending on location, CHW’s frequently assist in underprivileged communities where people may have limited resources; lack access to quality health care; lack the means to pay for health care; or languages other than English. CHW titles vary, depending on where they work and the organization (hospital system, state agency, faith-based organization).

Common titles include: community health advisor, family advocate, health educator, liaison, promoter, outreach worker, patient navigator, public health aide. In Spanish-speaking communities, community health workers are often referred to as health promoters or promotores(as) de salud.

Educational and certification requirements vary from state to state. The University of Florida program is designed to prepare participants for the educational requirements for State of Florida certification. It should be noted the core competencies learned can also be applied to other states' certification programs, where applicable.

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Section Title
Community Health Worker
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Course Fee(s)
Registration fee non-credit $495.00
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