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ECPA AHEC in partnership with Northampton Community College is offering Community

Health Worker Training as part of their non-credit courses through the Center for Healthcare

Education. The Community Health Worker Training has a 100 hour curriculum. The class meets twice each week for 4 hours for 12 weeks

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or its equivalent


Course Description:

This course is geared towards participants who want to work in either a community-based or inpatient setting as a Community Health Worker. This course is also beneficial for those already in the workforce who want to increase their knowledge of resources in the community and build on their skills and ability to help others overcome barriers to care such as those associated with language, culture, transportation, scheduling and finances.

Topics include the role of the Community Health Worker; ethics and professional skills; teamwork and communication; documentation and assessment procedures; chronic disease overview; accessibility to health care services; and care coordination and system navigation. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Community Health Worker certificate, Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate, and CPR/First Aid and AED certification.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will become familiar with the roles of a Community Health Worker in a community-based and inpatient setting
  • Students will understand the importance of boundaries, personal safety, and confidentiality
  • Students will understand the importance of teamwork and communication
  • Students will become familiar with cultural competency and health literacy
  • Students will have an understanding of chronic disease, self-care, and accessibility to health care services
  • Students will understand the concepts of care coordination and health systems navigation
  • Students will increase their knowledge of resources in the community
  • Students will learn to administer CPR/First Aid and use an AED
  • Students will complete Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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