Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County

City College of San Francisco

CHW program
City College of San Francisco - CHW Certificate Program
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 ( 415) 239-3000

"The goal of the City College of San Francisco Community Health Worker Certificate Program is to prepare individuals for positions in community-oriented health and social services team. We provide health education, information and referrals, and client advocacy in both clinic and community settings. The program emphasizes health education and promotion as well as specific competencies for work in underserved and/or linguistically isolated communities

We are also committed to increasing workforce diversity in public health and primary care in order to better serve people of color who now represent the majority in California."

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Or Contact: 

Alma Avila
Director of the Community Health Worker Certificate Program
Health Education & Community Health Studies Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7481
Home Page:
M.P.H. San Jose State University;
B.S. Golden Gate University

Product Details

Foundations for Community Health Workers (J-B Public Health/Health Services Text) by Tim Berthold, Alma Avila and Jennifer Miller (Aug 31, 2009)

Resource courtesy of

Community Health Workers Initiative of Sonoma County 
California (707) 481-7965

"A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services 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." 

Advocating for a Culturally Diverse CHW Association in California 
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