Community Health Worker with Mental Health First Aid Certification

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have an important role in improving the healthcare system. CHWs help community members gain access to care and increase their knowledge to improve their health outcomes. In this program, you will learn how to provide culturally appropriate health education and outreach and advocate for your clients. You will also complete the Mental Health First Aid certification.

NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields. 

PREREQUISITES

  • Introduction to the World of a CHW
  • Communication & Health Literacy
  • Use of Public Health Concepts & Application
  • Coaching for Chronic Health Conditions
  • Outreach & Advocacy
  • Care Coordination and System Navigation
  • Documentation, Reporting, and Outcome Management
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Conduct

PREREQUISITES

  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Basic Computer skills: including navigating windows, writing and sending email, searching the internet and data entry
  • Basic English including oral, written and reading skills

COURSES

Course Code: HMED G5382

Date: Coming Spring 2020

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Career Information

The Connecticut Department of Labor reports employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good job opportunities. As a Community Health Worker, you may expect your entry-level rate to be approximately $13.81 per hour and the average annual income is noted as $38,090 in Connecticut.