Q&A is currently pursuing accreditation for their CHW curriculum through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Our CHW curriculum will meet the 75-hour education requirement from the PCB for an individual to become certified and will be fully approved and accredited. Please check back for updates. We will post them as they become available.
In the meantime, here is the outline of what Community Health Workers are as defined by the PCB (Pennsylvania Certification Board, 2021). Their entire content outlined can be viewed here.
THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a trusted individual who contributes to improved health outcomes in the community. CHWs serve the communities in which they reside or communities with which they may share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, or life experiences. The term “community health worker,” includes but is not limited to other titles such as outreach worker, patient navigator and promotores de salud.
A CHW proactively:
- builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy;
- serves as a liaison between communities and health care agencies;
- provides guidance and social assistance to community residents;
- enhances community residents’ ability to effectively communicate with healthcare providers;
- provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health education;
- advocates for individual and community health;
- provides referral and follow-up services or otherwise coordinates care; and
- identifies and helps enroll eligible individuals in federal, state, and local private or nonprofit health and human services programs.
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER STANDARDS FOR CERTIFICATION
Experience: One (1) year full-time or 2000 hours part-time volunteer or paid work/volunteer experience as a community health worker specific to the domains within the last five (5) years.
Supervision: 60 hours of supervision obtained during the work/volunteer experience. The supervision must be specific to all the domains.
Education/Training: 75 hours relevant to the domains within the last five years
Recertification: 30 education/training hours every two years
There are numerous ways trainings can be funded and paid for. Individual, contract, and sponsored rates are available. For more information on this please email Keith.