Mar 07, 2021  
College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community Health Worker Certificate

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Rebecca Lewis, 413.552.2426,


The Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate Program includes education in the core competencies recognized authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. CHWs perform activities to promote, support, and protect the health of individuals, families and communities including client advocacy, health education, and health care system navigation. With some work experience built into the curriculum, students will require additional work hours prior to or after completion of the Certificate program, in order to qualify for state certification.

Upon completion of the requirements of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Explain and apply each of the core competencies related to CHW Training/Practice or related work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how ones culture affects health behavior
  • Identify basic professional standards of practice required for CHW or related work
  • Explain the role of group dynamics, motivational interviewing, and other facilitation skills in the context of a CHW or related role
  • Identify most pressing health conditions facing CHWs or related work in communities
  • Discuss the role of a CHW in educating individuals, families, and communities regarding specific health topics
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of keyboarding and word processing
  • Obtain the core educational components required to apply for State Certification as a CHW.



Students must be ENG 101  eligible in order to complete this certificate

SOC 110  can be substituted as pre-requisite with Department Chair approval for HSV 212 . More information on CHWs as a career path can be found at: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of CHWs: MDPH and at: MA Board of Certification of CHWs

**** Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)****

Students wishing to transfer to any four-year program involving direct patient care, or taking general education electives that involve direct patient care, will be subject to a CORI/SORI check and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statues. Individuals with a court record/past conviction may be unable to participate in courses or transfer programs requiring direct patient care such as HTH 210 - Field Experience  course (if taken as an elective), or four-year nursing programs. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Depending on the course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online. Go to Online Learning for further information.

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