What is a Community Health Worker?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. As critical links between their communities and the health care system, CHWs reduce health disparities; boost health care quality, cultural competence and affordability; and empower individuals and communities for better health.
For more information, visit the Community Health Worker portion of the American Public Health Administration website.
How To Access Training
The OSU School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology will offer the following training opportunities in 2022.
- To access the trainings, visit https://outreachprograms.catalog.okstate.edu/ to set up a user account.
- Once users have an account, the course “CHW Foundational Training” is available at: Oklahoma State Outreach (okstate.edu)
- Monthly In-Person Reinforcement sessions held at Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
For information or questions, contact Dr. Marshan Marick, DrPH, MPH, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Kerstin Reinschmidt (Kerstinemail@example.com) or (918) 594-8536, OSU Tulsa.