Community Health Worker (CHW) Curriculum
INCHWA's recognition of your CHW training means:
- Public support for your training indicating that it aligns with both national and state standards for CHW training,
- Distribution of a Student Certificate by INCHWA to each student upon training completion, and
- Inclusion of a $40 INCHWA membership fee in your tuition fee that will be forwarded to INCHWA for a 1-year INCHWA membership for each student.
For your CHW training to be recognized by INCHWA, you must meet the following requirements:
Your Training Organization must:
- Offer statewide training (via an online platform or by delivery from training facilities throughout the state),
- Provide one of the following:
- Academic credit or have an agreement with an educational institution that provides academic credit upon completion of CHW training
- Supporting evidence of quality in training development, presentation skills, and a commitment to developing CHWs’ professional citizenship.*
- Provide a pathway for both community members and traditional students (if an academic institution) to access your CHW training, and
- Be actively engaged in advancing the CHW profession.
*A minimum of two developers/instructors are required for CHW training developed without an agreement with an educational institution.
Your CHW training must:
- Be a minimum of 40 training hours,
- Adhere to both national and state standards for CHWs,
- Provide exposure to organizations in the community where a CHW might work (This can be in the form of a capstone project or assignments providing the student exposure to community services and resources), and
- Be developed and taught by instructors with experience in training and community health work.