Community Health Worker
Community health workers teach the basics of good health and link people to health care and social service systems. Upon completion of Minneapolis College’s 17-credit Community Health Worker (CMHW) certificate, you’ll be able to help improve health care access for underrepresented groups, the elderly and the chronically ill.
- This curriculum was developed specifically for Minnesota’s unique populations and local health/human services organizations, preparing you for a more successful career experience.
- With an 80-hour internship requirement, you’ll become familiar with many local health and social services agencies and grow comfortable working with people of all ages, needs and backgrounds.
- This program’s 80 hours of internship may be applied to the internship requirement for an associate degree in the Human Services program.
- Minneapolis College’s strong ties to local healthcare agencies provide great opportunities to apply your knowledge.
- You’ll gain exposure to the health perspectives and needs of immigrant and minority populations through hands-on learning opportunities.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Achieve effective communicate with staff and community members to effectively interact with a variety of clients, their families and a range of healthcare providers using verbal, nonverbal and listening skills.
- Demonstrate critical thinking as a framework for solving problems and decision making.
- Incorporate both health and socio/economic determinants when applying principles of health promotion and disease prevention.
- Demonstrate knowledge about community resources.
- Identify components of a client’s culture and the cultural implications that can affect client communication and healthy behaviors.
- Demonstrate the competencies to work, with minimal supervision, as a CHW in an employing agency.