Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County
Center for Disease Control


CDC - Center for Disease Control 

Promoting Policy and Systems Change to Expand Employment of Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Course Description

This course is designed to provide state programs and other stakeholders with basic knowledge about Community Health Workers (CHWs), such as official definitions of CHWs, workforce development, and other topic areas. In addition, the course covers how states can become engaged in policy and systems change efforts to establish sustainability for the work of CHWs, including examples of states that have proven success in this arena.

The six-session course covers

  • CHWs’ roles and functions
  • Current status of the CHW occupation
  • Areas of public policy affecting CHWs
  • Credentialing CHWs
  • Sustainable funding for CHW positions
  • Examples of states successful in moving policy and systems change forward

The course sessions are self-paced. Completion time for each session is between 30–45 minutes. The user does not have to take each session in succession.

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