June 21, 2024
Applications now being accepted for Community Health Worker Program

Ohio University has trained more  than 250 dedicated Community Health Workers since the inception of its program in 2017, and now this free training is available at Ohio University Lancaster.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been instrumental in fostering improved health, strength and enhanced connections to vital health and social service resources for Ohioans. The University takes pride in offering this training at no cost, ensuring accessibility to all individuals interested in this critical role.

The program, initiated in collaboration with Ohio University’s Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, OHIO Alliance for Population Health and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, has empowered individuals to become frontline public health workers. These CHWs, as defined by the American Public Health Association, establish trusting relationships within their communities, acting as liaisons between health and social services to enhance access and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

The rigorous CHW Training Program spans 100 hours of classroom instruction, including assignments and group work, preparing participants uniquely for their role. Upon successful completion of this phase, participants undergo 130 hours of hands-on community experience, honing skills and enriching their knowledge of local resources.

Eligibility for certification through the Ohio Board of Nursing follows the successful fulfillment of these components. The program, tailored for adult learners, requires a significant time commitment, with both online and in-person sessions led by Instructor Christina Wolf.

The upcoming training includes four mandatory in-person sessions as well as online classes. All necessary training materials, including textbooks and vital kits, will be provided by Ohio University. The application deadline for this grant-funded program is Dec. 29, 2023.

For more information and to access the application, please visit ohio.edu/lancaster/community-health-worker.

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