The Community Health Worker (CHW) program will prepare you to enter employment in a variety of organizations. CHWs perform a broad range of health-related functions and play an important role in bridging the gap between cultures and healthcare systems.
CHWs work with healthcare organizations to increase cultural competence, improve access to healthcare for racial and ethnic minorities, improve the quality of care for the chronically ill, promote healthy communities and educate families about access to and use of health care coverage.
This program is designed for students without any previous healthcare background. Students will learn skills that relate to the four primary functions of a community health worker: client advocacy, health education, health system navigation and outreach.
CHW’s do work in many key areas such as:
- Resource assistance
- Healthcare education and translation
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Culturally appropriate communication
Some organizations that employ CHW’s include:
- Hennepin County Medical Center
- NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center (and NorthPoint Inc.)
- Golden Living Center
- Ready Set Smile
- Children’s Dental Services
- Meals on Wheels
- Planned Parenthood
- Fremont Clinic
- Northside Achievement Zone
- Hennepin County
Healthcare Background Check
Background concerns are very relevant in the healthcare field and make it more difficult for you to get a job.
Background checks will be conducted
– No Felonies
– No Gross Misdemeanors