Community Health Worker Courses

HLTH 1020: ROLE, ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH (2 credits)

This course focuses on the personal safety, self care and personal wellness of CHWs and on the promotion of health and disease prevention for clients.

HLTH 1050: ORGANIZATION AND RESOURCES: COMMUNITY AND PERSONAL STRATEGIES (1 credit)

The course focuses on the CHW’s knowledge of the community and the ability to prioritize and organize work. Emphasis is on the use of and critical analysis of resources and on problem solving.

HLTH 1070: TEACHING AND BUILDING CAPACITY (2 credits)

This course focuses on the CHW’s role in teaching and increasing the capacity of the community and of the client to access the health care system. Emphasis is on establishing healthy lifestyles and clients developing agreements to take responsibility for achieving health goals. Students learn about and practice methods for planning, developing and implementing plans with clients to promote wellness.

HLTH 1100: COORDINATION, DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTING (1 credit)

This course focuses on the importance and ability of the CHW to gather, document and report on client visits and other activities. The emphasis is on appropriate, accurate and clear documentation with consideration of legal and agency requirements.

HLTH 2982: Topics — COMMUNICATION AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE (2 credits)

In this course, you will be provided the content and skills in communication to assist the community health worker in effectively interacting with a variety of clients, their families and a range of healthcare providers. Included are verbal/non-verbal communication, listening and interviewing skills, networking, building trust and working in teams. Communication skills are grounded within the context of the community’s culture and the cultural implications that can affect client communication.

HLTH 2981: LEGAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES (1 credit)

This course focuses on the legal and ethical dimensions of the CHWs' role. Included are boundaries of the CHW position, agency policies, confidentiality, liability, mandatory reporting and cultural issues that can influence legal and ethical responsibilities.

HLTH 2983: ROLE OF THE CHW — HEALTH PROMOTION COMPETENCIES (3 credits)

This course provides knowledge and skills a CHW needs to assist clients in the following specific areas: healthy lifestyles, heart and stroke, maternal child and teens, diabetes, cancer, oral health and mental health.

HLTH 2982: Topics — STUDENT INTERNSHIP (2 credits)

The purpose of this course is to enhance your self-awareness and ability to function in groups, including the trans-disciplinary healthcare team. The emphasis is on the development of culturally competent communication and an understanding of and commitment to social justice issues as they relate to you as an individual, as a healthcare worker, and as a member of society. A service learning experience is incorporated into the class to provide opportunities to practice transcultural communication and to explore the impact of various social justice issues in the local community.

In this course, you will complete 72–80 hours of supervised practical experience that allows opportunities for the student to prepare for independent work in the Community Health Worker (CHW) role. For the three credit option, you will complete 108–120 hours.

CIL 1500: TRANSCULTURAL LEARNING THROUGH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS (1 credit)

The purpose of this course is to enhance your self-awareness and ability to function in groups, including the transdisciplinary healthcare team. The emphasis is on the development of culturally competent communication and an understanding of and commitment to social justice issues as they relate to you as an individual, as a healthcare worker, and as a member of society. A service learning experience is incorporated into the class to provide opportunities to practice transcultural communication and to explore the impact of various social justice issues in the local community.