Courses & Programs

Core Competencies for the CHW



PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101

This course is designed for students who are working toward a Community Health Worker Certificate. Students will explore the primary roles/responsibilities of Community Health Workers including: linking individuals and families to needed health, public health, and human services, playing important roles in increasing access to health care, and eliminating health disparities among vulnerable and under-served communities. Students will also learn about the Core Competencies as established by the Board of Certification of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Public Health. Additionally, students will spend time exploring and practicing theses ten core competencies and have the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on their own skills, interests and values with regard to a career path as a Community Health Worker. The completion of this course meets one basic requirement (core competencies) for the State of Massachusetts' certification process for Community Health Workers. This course is taken in the first semester of the Community Health Worker Certificate Program. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101