- Course Title
- Community Healthcare Worker
- Course Code
- Lincoln Hall, Rm 100/Video-Conf for eligible rural residents
- J. Short
Community Healthcare Worker (CHW) is a State of Missouri certificate program that is growing fast throughout Missouri!
Rural Outreach/Remote Attendance:
We are piloting a live video-conference option with this class. This will allow those that work greater than 65 miles from the Springfield campus to obtain the benefit of this certification. In order to attend class through video-conferencing you must do the following:
- Must work greater than 65 miles from the Springfield (main) campus.
- Must provide documentation from your employer of the distance.
- Have access to webcam, conference microphone/speaker in order to hear and speak to the class/instructor and Skype (we will use Skype for Business, so whatever program for videoconferencing you use, verify that it will work with ours.
- Be available each Wednesday during the seated class time.
- Participate in discussion via live feed.
- Participate in similar activities in your area or travel to Springfield on certain days.
If you register online please contact our office at 417-447-8888 to receive your enrollment package.
The Community Healthcare Worker program requires 100 hours of didactic training and 40-60 hours of job shadowing experience.
In order to enroll for this course, you will need to:
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Provide proof of lawful residency in United States.
- Have a valid, government-issued photo ID.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Pass a Family Care Registry screening.
- Documentation of a TB skin test within the last 12 months (when required).
- Be willing to acquire the basic skills and academic level necessary to understand and master the course content.
Course Information/Employability Skills
The Community Healthcare Worker program covers many topics and has many guest speakers throughout the 16 week training. Some of the topics covered are:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Mental Health
- Organization and Resources
- Life Style Choices
- Cultural Beliefs and Healthcare
- Legal and Ethical Considerations
Who should attend this program?
Any community-oriented individual interested in helping others navigate local healthcare systems and learning advocacy strategies.
What exactly does a Community Healthcare Worker do?
Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. They may also conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. Other aspects may include providing: information on available resources, social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, services such as first aid and blood pressure screening and collect data to help identify community health needs.
Community Healthcare Workers explain how lifestyle changes can reduce the probability of contracting illnesses such as lung cancer, HIV, heart disease, and skin cancer. Health educators and community health workers also help people understand how to manage their condition and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room.
For many illnesses, such as breast cancer and testicular cancer, finding the disease early, greatly increases the likelihood that treatment will be successful. Therefore, it is important for people to know how to identify potential health problems and when to seek medical help. The need to get this information to the public is expected to increase demand for health educators and community health workers.
Community health workers usually have some knowledge of a specific community, population, medical condition, or disability. The ability to speak a foreign language may be helpful.
Where are Community Healthcare Workers employed?
According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the areas where CHWs and the equivalent of CHW’s were employed in 2014 were within the following areas:
- 22% Government (such as Health Departments)
- 21% Hospitals, state, local, and private
- 21% Individual and Family Services
- 19% Ambulatory healthcare services
- 15% Religious, grant making, civic, professional, and similar organizations
- 10% Social assistance
What does the projected employment look like for the Community Healthcare Worker?
Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy habits and behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services.
As Insurance companies, employers, and governments try to find ways to improve the quality of care and health outcomes, while reducing costs they will be hiring health educators and community health workers to teach people about how to live healthy lives, obtain screenings, and how to avoid costly diseases and medical procedures.
The number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. Health educators and community health workers will be needed to show patients how to get access to healthcare services, such as preventive screenings. In addition, health educators and community health workers might take part in state and local programs designed to treat and prevent conditions such as diabetes and obesity.