New Community Health Worker Certificate Program Now Offered at CAC

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of his/her community and has a close understanding of the area being served (including urban, rural and tribal communities). This relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison between health services and the community by using culturally relevant methods to break down barriers to healthcare. A CHW builds health understanding and self-efficacy in individuals through a range of activities such as: outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

New this fall, Central Arizona College is offering a Community Health Worker Certificate Program. This program will provide the competencies and skills students need for employment opportunities within the State of Arizona. Throughout the United States, the Community Health Worker field is growing, both in interest and demand. According to the Department of Labor, a 21% increase for CHWs is projected between 2012 and 2022 — twice the projected increase of other professions.

Throughout the CHW program, students will be introduced to Community and Public Health topics such as; chronic disease management, health communication, health literacy, counseling and motivational interviewing, wellness and health advocacy.

This part-time program may be completed in one year through distance learning. This includes a 90 hour internship which can be completed almost anywhere in the State of Arizona.

 “The CHW Certificate Program aligns with the vision and mission of CAC. Students will be prepared for a high demand career, serving the diverse communities in Arizona,” explains Kim Bentley, Instructional Specialist. The field is also rapidly expanding into new areas of health and community wellness as Community Health Workers continue to work in health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management.”

For more information on the Community Health Worker Certificate Program and application form, please visit www.centralaz.edu/CPH or call Kim Bentley, M.Ed., NDTR at: 480-677-7780.

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