Mar 21, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Community Health Worker Certificate

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Patti Mantia, 413.552.2449,


The Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate Program includes education in the core competencies recognized and authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Board of Certification. 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 need additional work hours prior to or after completion of the Certificate program in order to qualify for state certification.


Upon completion of this program, students 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 one’s own 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 the most pressing population-based health conditions facing communities and how CHWs interact with communities to address these
  • educate 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

More information on CHWs as a career path can be found at: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of CHWs and at: MA Board of Certification of CHWs

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

Foundations of Health students enrolled in HTH 209 , or applying for Selective Programs, are required to complete a CORI/SORI background check prior to registering for classes or applying to programs, 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. A positive finding may prevent students from successfully completing the HTH 209  course, applying for Selective Programs, or graduating with a Foundations of Health degree due to clinical site requirements. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

There is a SEPARATE CORI/SORI application you must complete online if you have lived outside the state of Massachusetts in the past 10 years; failure to disclose all relvant information may result in an inability to complete the HTH 209  course.  Out of state CORI/SORI fees vary.  If you have had legal issues in the past or have any legal affairs pending, you must contact Amy Brandt, Dean of Health Sciences, to set up a meeting.

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


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