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Courses & Programs

Liv Anna Homstead

Special Project Coord, Foundations of Health

Health Sciences

Frost 138

413.552.2865 (Tel)

Rebecca Osborn Lewis

Chair, Foundations of Health

Health Sciences

Marieb 217

413.552.2426 (Tel)

Free Community Health Worker Classes

Interested in helping others, giving back to your community, and building your professional skills? HCC is offering two free classes in community health worker (CHW) training! These are funded through a federal grant by the MassHealth Commonwealth Corporation Grant and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of these courses is to train paraprofessionals as community health workers, building foundational skills and practices with a focus on integrating behavioral health and addiction/substance use into health and human service settings.

Next Start Dates for Free CHW Classes:

  1. May 2020
  2. September 2020

See more information in the Timeline & Courses section below.

what will you gain?
  • Core competency training which align with training requirements for State Certification for CHWs through the MA Department of Public Health (DPH)
  • Health topics training (in behavioral health and substance use/addiction) which align with training requirements for State Certification for CHWs through DPH
  • Dedicated tutoring while enrolled in program
  • Dedicated advising and educational options for degree advancement
  • A professional network of peers and instructors
  • Training and skills sought by many employers
sept. – dec. '20 will further gain:
  • 125 hours of field experience towards the 2000 hours required for state certification for CHWS through DPH, with documented supervision in core competencies
  • Assistance with job placement during program and post-completion, as needed
eligibility requirements

May – Aug. '20:

  • Currently employed as a community health worker (CHW) under/by an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or a Community Partner organization (CP)
  • Must commit to completing a 12-week class in summer
  • Apply to HCC
  • Must be eligible for college level English, or ENG 101 at HCC
  • Attend information session at HCC
  • Meet with program coordinator Amreen Shaikh
  • If you are accepted into this grant-funded program, your classes, fees and books will be provided for free.  

Questions? Please contact Amreen Shaikh at ashaikh@hcc.edu.

Sept. – Dec. '20:

  • High school diploma or GED/HiSET
  • Application and acceptance into HCC
  • Eligibility for college English (completion of placement test or copy of transcripts of college-level English coursework)
  • Complete HCC's CORI/SORI process prior to class registration
  • Commitment to completing two classes over a nine-month period
  • Passion for CHW role in health and human services
how do i apply & enroll?

Complete this Google form to get on the program's radar and receive more information about the application process! 

timeline & courses

These two courses were designed to meet the criteria for state certification via pending regulations through the MA Department of Public Health.

January 2020 Start

September 2020 Start

Spring 2020 Semester

HTH 124: Core Competencies & Health Topics for CHWs

  • 6 credits
  • Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. OR Mondays & Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Some online coursework required

Fall 2020

HTH 124: Core Competencies & Health Topics for CHWs

  • 6 credits
  • Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. OR two weeknights 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Some online coursework required

Summer 2020

May 26, 2020 – Aug. 13, 2020

HTH 124: Core Competencies & Health Topics for CHWs

  • 6 credits
  • Wednesdays 4 – 8:30 p.m.

Some online coursework required

Spring 2021

HTH 209: Practicum Class for CHWs

  • 3 credits
  • Saturdays 10 a.m. – 12 noon OR one weeknight 6 – 8 p.m.

125-hour practicum placement at a local service provider/health center (approx. 10 hours/week)

Drug testing, CORI/SORI, and immunizations are required for all practicums.

Contact

Summer 2020 classes contact:

Amreen Shaikh
Project Coordinator
ashaikh@hcc.edu
413.552.2236

Fall 2020 classes contact:

Liv Anna Homstead
Special Project Coordinator
lhomstead@hcc.edu
413.552.2865

Rebecca Lewis, MSW, MPH
Project Director/Department Chair
rlewis@hcc.edu
413.552.2426

links

Department Chair/HRSA Project Director Rebecca Lewis rlewis@hcc.edu 413.552.2426
Academic Certificate Coordinator Janet Grant jgrant@hcc.edu 413.552.2445
CHW Advisor Liv Anna Homstead lhomstead@hcc.edu 413.552.2865
Class Instructor (Saturday) Kelly Lamas klamas@hcc.edu
Class Instructor (Saturday) Aumani Harris aharris@hcc.edu
Class Instructor (M/W evening) Angela Nunez-Vazquez anunezvazquez@hcc.edu
Class Instructor (M/W evening) Stevaughn Smith ssmith@hcc.edu
CHW Tutor Chrismery Gonzalez cgonzalez@hcc.edu

This project was supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) under M01HP31268 Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training (BHWET) Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government.

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Liv Anna Homstead

Special Project Coord, Foundations of Health

Health Sciences

Frost 138

413.552.2865 (Tel)

Rebecca Osborn Lewis

Chair, Foundations of Health

Health Sciences

Marieb 217

413.552.2426 (Tel)