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HCC offers a Community Health Worker certification program.
What does being a Community Health Worker Mean?
The title “Community Health Worker” means to be a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of the community. This trusting relationship enables the Community Healthy Worker, CHW, to serve as a link between health/social services and the community in order to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
A CHW builds the community’s level of knowledge in activities such as advocacy, community education, informal counseling, outreach, and social support. CHW training teaches one to be able to communicate these activities in a 1 on 1 face to face format as well as to an audience.
CHW’s are members of the community that greatly assist those in need, either as a volunteer or employee, in association with local health care systems and public health care systems. CHW’s work in both urban and rural environments. A list of some key roles as a CHW are being an advocate for the public, act as a cultural liaison, be a health navigator, and a health & wellness promoter.
CHW members of the public build individual and community levels of awareness in health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities. The activities a CHW uses in addition to their day to day duties include assisting people in receiving the care they need, being an advocate for individuals and overall community health, provide informal counseling or guidance in health-related behaviors, providing interpretation and translation of services needed for others, and providing some direct services such as first aid or blood pressure screenings.
The Core Competencies of a CHW include Advocacy Skills, Communication Skills, Capacity Building Skills, Educational & Facilitation Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Outreach Skills, Personal Skills & Development, and Service Coordination Skills.
Haywood Community College CHW Certification Program
- Students will gain the required knowledge, tools, and resources to become recognized as a Certified Health Worker in North Carolina in attending the program.
- In completing the CHW program you will be able to work in Health Departments, Hospitals, Clinics, and other health care settings.
- This course will encompass 96 hours for completion and the courses are designed to cover each core competency
- Program cost is approximately $180 which includes tuition, books, and fees.
- Once you complete the program, you are eligible to apply to become a certified Community Healthcare Worker and listed in the NC Certified CHW Registry.
2021 Courses will not ensue until after August. For more information please call 828-565-4669.