West Texas AHEC

Community Health Workers


The CHW 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.


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Certification Course
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.


Continuing Education


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:

Lunch and Learn 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 79430
Academic Classroom Building (ACB) Room 260K
Available dates are:
August 9
September 13
October 11
November 15
December 13
Please click here to access online registration.