The CHW Workforce Development- Bridge to Excellence
The West Texas Area Health Education Center, a certified community health worker (CHW) training institution by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), has recently evolved into The CHW Workforce Development Center. Originally under the auspices of West Texas AHEC and Transforming Communities through Outreach, Recruitment and Education (T-CORE), the new center will offer continuing education units (CEUs) for certified CHWs and intermediate level CHW training such as motivational interviewing, patient navigation, chronic disease management and quality improvement. Additionally, the center will offer training for providers and facilities who seek to employ CHWs and need hiring guides, guides to supervising CHWs, and scope of practice information.
West Texas AHEC presents its first Community Health Worker cohort in Lubbock. The CHW Workforce Development Bridge to Excellence completed the training on May 13, 2017. Way to go CHWs!
Students must complete a 160-hour competency-based training program as part of the application for certification. Each course covers eight competencies: Communication, Teaching, Interpersonal Skills, Service Coordination, Capacity Building, Advocacy, Organization, and Knowledge Base.
Community health workers/promotores are required to receive 20 contact hours every two years to retain certification. At least 10 hours must be DSHS-certified hours from a certified training program, such as the West Texas AHEC. The CHW Workforce Development Center will be offering "Lunch and Learn" opportunities for CHWs. This monthly event will provide 1.0 CEU from a DSHS-certified program for CHWs. The following classes are available for registration:
Certification courses and continuing education are offered in-person, online, or using a hybrid version combining both methods.