Community Health Worker Training Programs
Developing the skills and knowledge of community members to serve as part of the region’s health workforce
Since 2011, IPHI has trained over 500 CHWs for our own projects and as a contract trainer for other initiatives, such as the Capital Clinical Integrated Network, Maryland Health Empowerment Zone projects, and several statewide HIV care demonstration projects in Virginia, among many others. IPHI has trained CHWs working throughout the region, in both urban and rural areas, as well as in other parts of the country. CHWs trained by IPHI are currently working in the District of Columbia; in Virginia in Danville, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke; and in Maryland in Baltimore, the Eastern Shore, St. Mary’s County, and Prince George’s County, among a number of other locations.
IPHI has developed an accessible, comprehensive CHW training program that incorporates adult learning methods and meets the needs of diverse learners. The IPHI CHW training builds upon the core roles and competencies of community health advisors identified in the Annie E. Casey funded national community health advisor study conducted by The University of Arizona in 1998.
The training is comprised of:
- 80 hours of core skills training
- 40 hours of public health issue training (designed based on the type of CHW intervention)
- Recommended ongoing 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 IPHI’s CHW training. The large majority of the CHWs working on our projects have stayed in their positions or been promoted to new opportunities.
IPHI offers CHW competency trainings for community members on a regular basis. Please register to join our mailing list and learn about upcoming training opportunities here.
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 not clear 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