Community Health Worker Training and Certification

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 and Certification Program, to register register for CEU classes, or to be included on our mailing lists, please call 713-634-1242 or email CHW@hchd.tmc.edu.

2012 CHW Schedule of DSHS Certified Continuing Education Units

 Series Topics Dates Time/Language
1  Meal Planning & Shopping on a Budget/Healthy Food Preparation
3 CEUs - Competencies: Capacity Building & Knowlegde Base 

1/6/12 (F)


1/26/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

 2 Patient Rights & Responisibilities/Advance Directives
3 CEUs - Competencies: Advocacy & Knowledge Base 

2/10/12 (F)


2/23/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

 3 Managing Multiple Projects/Online Organizational Tools
3CEUs - Compentency: Organizational Skills 

3/2/12 (F)


3/22/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

6th Annual CHW Conference
(more information to follow)
Register at:
www.chwconferencehouston.com

 4/20/12 (F)

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 4 Well-Woman Health/Preventing & Managing High-Risk Pregnancies
3 CEUs - Competency: Knowledge Base 

5/11/12 (F)


5/24/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

 5 Building a Resume/Interviewing Skills
3 CEUs - Competencies: Capacity Building & Interpersonal Skills

6/1/12 (F)


6/14/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

 6 PowerPoint: Thinking Outside of the Box/Creating Posters and Flyers
3 CEUs - Competencies: Capacity Building & Communication Skills

7/6/12 (F)


7/19/12 (Th) 

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

 7  Public Speaking Skills/Effective Teaching Methods
3 CEUs - Competency: Teaching Skills

8/3/12 (F)


8/16/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

 8 Mental Health Overview/Mental Health Resources
 3 CEUs - Competencies: Knowledge Base & Service Coordination 

9/14/12 (F)


9/27/12 (Th) 

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish

9  Working with Clients One-on-One/Working with Groups
3 CEUs - Competencies: Communication Skills & Interpersonal Skills

10/5/12 (F)


10/18/12 (Th)

9 a.m.-noon, English

9 a.m.-noon, English;
1-4 p.m., Spanish


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.

Please note that our 2012 CHW CEU classes are:
• Offered twice in English and once in Spanish
• 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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