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

Harris Health CHW Continuing Education 
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.

Attendance at our CEU classes provides hours toward the state requirements for renewing an existing certification, but does not count toward an initial CHW certification. Our program does not offer the initial certification training.

Subscribe to our CHW e-mail list by signing up here. We send out bimonthly class announcements with online registration links for our classes as they become available, as well as other relevant CHW information. For questions about Harris Health's CHW Training Program, call 713-634-1242 or email chw@harrishealth.org.

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

Additional CHW resources can be found on the Texas Gulf Coast CHW/Promotores Association website.