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Community Health Worker


2020 Dates Coming Soon

Location | Mt. Pleasant & Harrison Campuses

Time | TBA

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 Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA) curriculum. MiCHWA functions as the community health worker information hub for the state of Michigan.

The six-week is comprised of 126 learning hours and a 40-hour internship, with training sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-5pm.

  • 100 classroom hours
  • 26 self-study hours
  • 40 internship hours (can be completed at your current employer if eligible)
    • The internship consists of field experience in a local agency where you can apply and put your coursework into practice. If you are employed as a CHW, you are eligible to complete your internship at your current employer.

Training Core Competencies

  • Role, Advocacy, and Outreach
  • Organization and Resources: Community and Personal Strategies
  • Teaching and Capacity Building
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Coordination, Documentation, and Reporting
  • Communication Skills and Cultural Competence
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Mental Health

Each of the eight MiCHWA-recognized Core Competencies are presented in modules that promote the development of skills needed to become gainfully employed as a CHW and enhance the knowledge base of those already employed.

Each Core Competency builds the development of skills that Community Health Workers use in their communities. Information and activities provided throughout the training, along with the application of skills through the internship, are essential foundations for new Community Health Workers and those working in the field who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills.

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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