Community Health Workers

160-Hour Community Health Worker Instructor Certification Course

Title:  DSHS Certified 160-hour Community Health Worker Instructor Course
Date:  January 28- May 15, 2014
Methodology: Distance Learning
Location:   Participant’s Preference
Time: 12:30-3:30 PM Tues/Thur + out-of class assignments
Cost:  $ 1,500.00 (payment options available)
Language:  English
DSHS-Certified Instructor: Shontel Minor #168, Isaac Mancillas #98
Total Number of DSHS-certified hours:  160 (20 hours in each competency: Communication, Interpersonal, Service Coordination, Capacity Building, Advocacy, Teaching, Organizational, and Knowledge Base)
Contact Information: Isaac Mancillas, Texas AHEC East Coastal Region,  (409) 933-0021, isaac.mancillas@txaheceast.org
Registration:  http://www.cahectx.org/pdf/CHWApp1.pdf

160-Hour Community Health Worker Certification Course

Title:  DSHS Certified 160-hour Community Health Worker Course
Date:  February 5 - May 23, 2014
Methodology: Distance Learning
Location:   Participant’s Preference
Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM Wed/Fri, some out-of-class assignments
Cost:  $ 1,000.00 (payment options available)
Language:  English
DSHS-Certified Instructor: Isaac Mancillas #98
Total Number of DSHS-certified hours:  160 (20 hours in each competency: Communication, Interpersonal, Service Coordination, Capacity Building, Advocacy, Teaching, Organizational, and Knowledge Base)
Contact Information: Isaac Mancillas, Texas AHEC East Coastal Region,  (409) 933-0021, isaac.mancillas@txaheceast.org
Registration:  http://www.cahectx.org/pdf/CHWApp1.pdf

What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)?

A Community Health Worker (CHW) serves as a bridge between the community and health care system. CHWs are trained on basic information about specific health conditions. They then communicate this to their friends, families, neighbors, fellow church members, etc. CHWs deliver needed health information to the community so that individuals can take control of, and improve their health.

What does Texas AHEC East offer CHWs and CHW Instructors?

AHEC offers state-approved certification and continuing education courses to both CHWs and CHW Instructors. Courses are available in both English and Spanish. Registration dates, fees, and schedules vary. Please contact Crystal Ellison for a current, up-to-date listing of all CHW opportunities our office currently offers.

What does a Community Health Worker do?
A CHW is involved in a variety of culturally appropriate activities that educate the community on health issues. Activities a community health worker might be involved in include:

  • Provide factual information on health topics to groups or individuals
  • Learn medical terminology
  • Perform clerical duties
  • Schedule and/or attend health fairs
  • Distribute health care flyers/information door to door in the community
  • Function as a link between a church, club, or organization and health care providers
  • Support friends, family and neighbors in making behavior changes
  • Conduct home visits
  • Complete required reports
  • Provide referrals, follow-up and documentation as needed
  • Learn about local health resources
  • Attend trainings related to current health topics
  • Participate in community meetings
  • Serve as a mentor or coach to new volunteers
  • Communicate with AHEC staff

What skills do I need to be trained as a CHW?

    • An interest in health care and health topics
    • Communication skills
    • Good listener
    • Works well with other people
    • Relationships within personal community
    • Knowledge of the community

How do I become a CHW?

Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the state of Texas must be certified. Certification includes the completion of 160 hours of coursework in eight core competencies. AHEC offers approved training that can lead to certification. The training is conducted live online that can be taken having to leave home or place of work. Once enrolled, you will have access to the virtual classroom for the course.

AHEC CHW training for certification is approximately 12 weeks long and costs $1,000. CHW Instructor training is also 12 weeks long and costs $1,500.00. Installment plans are available if needed.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education for CHWs and CHW Instructors are available throughout the year. Cost and scheduling vary depending on the hours of credit awarded. Credit Courses for 2012-13 include:

  • Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Insurance 101
  • Immunity Within Your Community
  • Globalization and Community Health
  • Self-Care and the CHW
  • Childrens' Oral Health
  • Digital Communication
  • Tobacco Education
  • Geriatric Populations
  • Family Disaster Preparedness

Continuing Education class dates are announced quarterly and can be verified through Isaac Mancillas, CHW Coordinator.

Once you’ve completed the trainings and/or continuing education units, you will be eligible to apply them to the Department of State Health Services certification.

For additional information, scheduling, or CHW training, or if you are interested in volunteering for a CHW program, please contact Isaac Mancillas at (409) 933-0021 or via email at isaac.mancillas@txaheceast.org.