Community Health Worker Training

Harris Health System's Community Outreach Services Department is an authorized and certified provider of the Texas Department of State Health Services Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program.

What is a Community Health Worker?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a lay health and human services worker who provides needed services to individuals and families in our community.

These services include:
• Culturally appropriate health education
• Overcoming language barriers
• Navigating healthcare systems
• Speaking up effectively about medical concerns
• Seeking available assistance resources

CHW Continuing Education Classes
Our CHW classes are free and open to those seeking continuing education on a variety of health and social service topics. Our classes provide Texas Department of State Health Services certified Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for CHWs renewing their certification.

Attending our CEU classes provides hours toward the state criteria for renewing an existing certification, but does not count toward an initial CHW certification.

For questions about Harris Health's CHW Training Program or to register for CEU classes, call 713-634-1242 or e-mail If you'd like to subscribe to our e-mail list for monthly class reminders and other CHW related announcements, sign up here.

Continuing Education Calendar 2014

Continuing Education Topics  Dates & Times Offered

ACA & Health Insurance Marketplace / Access to Harris Health
3 CEUs – Competency: Service Coordination Skills

1/17/14 (F) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Metabolic Series: Overviews of Diabetes & Thyroid Disorders
3 CEUs – Competency: Knowledge Base

2/14/14 (F) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

8th Annual CHW Conference
Hosted by Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Association

3/14/14 (F), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Teaching Parents about Nutrition & Health
3 CEUs – Competencies: Teaching Skills, Knowledge Base

4/11/14 (F) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Promoting Behavior Change: Motivation, Ambivalence and Resistance
3 CEUs – Competency: Knowledge Base, Capacity-Bldg, Communication

5/8/14 (Th) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Promoting Behavior Change: Change Talk
3 CEUs – Competency: Knowledge Base, Capacity-Bldg, Communication

6/13/14 (F) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Coping Skills for Mental Fatigue / Time Management
3 CEUs – Competencies: Advocacy & Organizational Skills

7/10/14 (Th) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Talking to Teens about Health & Sexuality
3 CEUs – Competencies: Interpersonal & Communication Skills

8/1/14 (F) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Overview of Addiction / Coping with Mental Health & Addiction Issues
3 CEUs – Competencies: Knowledge Base & Interpersonal Skills

9/10/14 (W) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

Working with Personality Types / Working with Clients One-on-One
3 CEUs – Competency: Interpersonal Skills

10/16/14 (Th) - 9 a.m.-noon (Eng);
1-4 p.m. (Esp)

For information about CHW certification
Please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Web site for the community health worker application process, available 160-hour training programs for initial certification, and criteria for renewing existing certification.

Additional CHW resources can be found on the Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Assocation Web site and Community Health Worker Texas Web site.

Please note that our 2014 CHW CEU classes are:
• Offered once in English (morning session) and once in Spanish (afternoon session)
• Subject to change
• Free, but require prior registration by phone or email; space is limited
• Begun promptly; students must be on time and stay the entire class to receive full credit
• Held at the United Way Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh, Houston, TX 77007

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