Community Health Worker Program


Community Health Worker Program

What is a Community Health Worker?

According to the Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut, a Community Health Worker (CHW) is a front line public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of, and ability to communicate with the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison-link-intermediary among the community, health and social services to facilitate access to resources and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

Core Competencies Training aligns with the core competencies defined by Connecticut State Innovation Model  (SIM).

  1. Outreach Skills
  2. Individual and Community Assessment Skills
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Interpersonal and Relationship Building Skills
  5. Education and Facilitation Skills
  6. Service Coordination and Navigation Skills
  7. Capacity Building Skills
  8. Advocacy Skills
  9. Evaluation and Research Skills
  10. Professional Skills and Conduct

Course Description

In partnership with the Health Education Center (HEC) in Norwich CT, this course will include The Core Competencies for Community Health Workers Training. This is a 90-hour curriculum with a 50-hour practicum that consist of presentations, short readings, videos, role play and group discussion and other activities. Practicum discussion will take place during class and students will build a community resources binder and resume by the last day of the training.

The Core competencies also include a knowledge base of health-related topics. Health topic modules are interspersed throughout the curriculum and include the following:

  • Physical activity and nutrition
  • Diabetes & complications
  • Use of Diabetes Cost Tool
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking & your health
  • Mental/behavioral health & connection to physical health
  • Social determinants of health, related disparities and the principles of health equity
  • COVID-19 & Telehealth

Certification Requirements

Before applying for licensure, please visit Community Health Worker Certification Requirements and familiarize yourself with these general licensing policies.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Course Schedule

This course will be offered in Fall 2021. Please return to see dates and times.

FALL 2021- CRN#

  • Instructor:  Community Health Worker Instructor
  • Instructional Method: TBD
  • Dates: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • CEUs: 15
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

SNAP and WIOA Eligible