Community Health Worker Training
HHP282: Foundations of Community Health (6 credits)
Start Your Career on the Front Lines of Public Health
What is a Community Health Worker?
Frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close understanding of the community served. In Oregon, CHWs are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.
CHWs work in health departments, medical clinics, community organizations & social service agencies.
What you will learn:
- How to provide effective patient education: relationship building, behavior change, trauma informed care & group facilitation
- Community advocacy: community needs assessments & community organizing
- Case Management - assist patients with accessing community resources and navigating the health care system
- How to manage home visits
- Public health essential knowledge: social determinants of health, disease prevention, health across the lifespan, cultural competency & recovery, resilience and wellness models
Course Offered Spring & Fall Terms in a Hybrid Format:
- 10-week class
- Weekly online content delivered virtually (no specific class times)
- In-person classes held six Friday afternoons during the term on a COCC campus (campus location varies by term).
- See COCC Class Schedule for specific course details (search under "Health & Human Performance").
- Attendance for in-person classes is required for successful completion of the course
- No academic pre-requisites
- High school diploma or GED not required
- Must have reliable access to internet & computer (computer labs available on all COCC campuses)
If you have any questions regarding the class, please contact Sarah Baron at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the course:
COCC degree-seeking students: Complete COCC admissions steps and register for the class.
Non-COCC degree-seeking students:
- Complete Steps 1 & 2 of COCC’s online Non-Degree Seeking Student application:
- Step 1: Complete online application and pay one-time $25 application fee
- Step 2: Activate COCC account
- Email email@example.com or call Admissions at 541-383-7500 starting May 30th, 2022 to register for the fall term course.
Oregon Health Authority Community Health Worker Certification requirements:
- Completion of OHA-approved COCC CHW course
- Must be 18 years old
- Criminal background check required
- Government issued identification required (state IDs, Driver License, or passport)
- Certification valid for 3 years. 20 hours of continuing education is required to renew.
Tuition & Scholarships
In-District Tuition: Approximately $755 (no cost for textbook or certification)
Tuition Scholarship Available for Fall Term course:
Information coming soon. Please check back.