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Community Health Worker Entry Level Course - Sherman County

Access this exclusive on-demand OSU webinar: "Better Healthcare. For Less. How Community Health Workers Are the New Antidote"!

Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education is pleased to partner with Oregon State College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) to offer an innovative new online Community Health Worker (CHW) training. Offered through a new multi-year partnership, this course is specifically designed to support progress in public health outcomes and provide meaningful new career pathways for health care staff serving in the region.

Our upcoming course is offered in a flexible online format that is mostly self-paced, with only two required onsite events in Sherman County in Oregon.

To receive more information when registration opens, please select the Request More Information button to the right-hand side of this page.

The primary role of the Community Health Worker is to serve as a link between a community and its health and social service systems in order to improve access to and delivery of services, and build capacity for individuals/families/communities to promote their own health and well-being. Though roles vary from one organization to another, CHW roles typically include the following responsibilities:

Community Health Workers provide a wide range of services on behalf of organizations, connecting community members with appropriate medical and social resources.

This course is designed to prepare the student for work as an entry-level Community Health Worker (CHW), while also equipping health care staff serving in other roles with a community health perspective. It addresses all competencies required for accreditation as a CHW training program in Oregon.

This flexible course is offered in an innovative hybrid format. Students complete a series of online learning modules (70 contact hours) and attend 2 onsite classes (15 contact hours).

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Create new opportunities to serve Oregon community members within your organization! This innovative course equips you to think big picture about improving the region’s health - by considering each community member’s unique health, cultural and social needs.

What you'll learn:
  • Identify and describe Interpersonal Skills relevant for CHWs including organization; communication; cultural competence; and skills relevant to group facilitation, crisis identification, and de-escalation.
  • Identify and describe your personal preferred and other common learning styles.
  • Identify and describe strategies for self-efficacy and self-care to prevent burn-out as a CHW.
  • List and explain core elements of the CHW profession, including history, professional roles, scope of practice, code of ethics, and legal responsibilities.
  • Define and illustrate knowledge of factors related to Determinants of Health and Health Promotion including disease, social determinants of health, health disparities among diverse populations, health across the lifespan, trauma-informed approaches to care, stages of change for behavior change, best practices in health promotion, and health literacy.
  • Identify and describe key components of Assessment, including types of data and their implementation; individual assessment; community needs assessment; resource identification and mapping; and documentation of contacts including within systems.
  • List and compare Capacity Building skills and techniques such as community engagement, empowerment, and advocacy.
  • Define and illustrate knowledge of adult learning principles, popular education methods, and motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Identify and describe Service Coordination skills and techniques related to navigating systems; working with families, support systems, and community groups; working with supervisors and multidisciplinary teams; building partnerships and managing conflict; and organizing communities.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to integrate and apply organization, communication, and cultural sensitivity knowledge and skills relevant to CHWs.
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    Instructors Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES, Sunil Khanna, Ph.D.
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    Subjects Personal Development
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    Length Eight weeks
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    Instructors Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES, Sunil Khanna, Ph.D.
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    Language English
    Subjects Personal Development
    Tags Health and Public Health

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