Community Health Worker Short-Term Training

Community Health Worker


February 6 - April 24, 2023

Days | Mondays

Times | 8am - 5pm

Location | Online, Virtual Instructor Led

February 8 - March 10, 2023

Days | February 8, 9, 10, March 8, 9, 10

Times | 8am - 5pm

Location | Hybrid, Combination of Virtual Instructor Led training and self-paced learning

Training Cost


Textbook and training materials are included, and funding is available for qualified individuals through MI Works! to offset some or all training costs. Contact your area agency to find out if you qualify. Federal Financial Aid is not available for this training.

Community Health Worker Short-Term Training is designed to prepare you to be a front-line health worker and to provide culturally responsive services in Michigan communities. A Community Health Worker (CHW) serves as a liaison to individuals and families, helping them connect to community services and build confidence in their ability to address health-related issues.

The training was developed in partnership with Everyday Life Consulting LLC to provide the nationally recognized core competency based Community Health Worker training. Instructors use hands-on practice, group activities, demonstrations, role-playing, case studies, and simulations to facilitate content using the popular education model.

The training is comprised of 100 instruction hours and 50 hours applying your knowledge and skills on the job in an externship, and 10 hours of coaching from the instructor.

Training TOPICS

  • CHW Core Competencies
  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal and Relationship Building Skills
  • Service Coordination and Navigation Skills
  • Capacity Building Skills
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Education and Facilitation Skills
  • Individual and Community Assessment Skills
  • Outreach Skills
  • Professional Skills and Conduct
  • Evaluation and Research Skills
  • Knowledge Base (includes Mental Health First Aide, A.C.E.s, D.E.I.)

Students sucessfully completing the Community Health Worker short-term training will be awarded 1 credit toward HED 289 Public Health Internship in the Associate in Applied Science: Public Health Degree.

CHW Job Locations

  • Hospitals
  • Health Departments
  • Schools
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Community focused organizations

CHW Common Job Titles

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Navigator
  • Family Support
  • Community Outreach
  • Care Coordinator
  • Peer Support
  • Paraprofessional
  • Life/Success Coach
  • Adult Case Manager
  • Community Social Worker


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