Community Health Worker Training Programs

Developing community members’ skills and knowledge to serve as part of the region’s health workforce.

IPHI has trained over 1,000 Community Health Workers (CHW) for community engagement and other initiatives. While there is occasional training outside of the region, most IPHI training is for and within the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region.

The training team has developed an accessible, comprehensive CHW training program that incorporates adult learning methods and meets the needs of diverse learners.  This training builds upon the core roles and competencies of CHWs identified in the National Community Health Advisor Study.

The training is comprised of:

  • An adaptable 100-hour core skills training
  • Additional modules for specific types of CHW-based programs and services
  • Recommended CHW continuing education (approx. 8 hrs/month)
  • Drop-in continuing education opportunities
  • Annual CHW retreats

A Two-Pronged Approach to Success

A combination of evidence-based content and skilled, experienced trainers contribute to the success of CHW training. IPHI regularly offers CHW competency training for community members.

The following are testimonials from training participants:

“I really appreciate your training. That was the best training I have ever had. I never had training about the community health worker and was unclear about the role. This training answered every question I had and helped me to equip myself with the new tools I need.” – Training Participant, Healthy Howard

“Both of you ladies are amazingly skilled trainers/facilitators. The training was excellent.” – Virginia Department of Health staff

IPHI can design customized training for CHW staff, CHW supervisors, and any CHW partners or coworkers.

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