Community Health Worker
Gillian Walcott realized that there was a gap in healthcare that needed to be addressed: qualified, capable people who were willing to go the extra mile to advocate for people living with chronic illness or facing barriers to healthcare. A mother and cat lover who enjoys gardening, music and cooking, Gillian wanted to fill that gap – and Capital’s Community Health Worker program gave her that opportunity.
“What I liked the most about my class was that the coursework, the instructors, were all in perfect alignment to give me exactly what I needed to fulfill my call,” said Gillian. “They were part of our community, part of the very course they instructed, which I found most appealing.”
After spending many years in the financial/mortgage industry, the Community Health Worker program enabled Gillian to make a career change. Now working as a Community Health Navigator at a local hospital, she is enjoying listening to the life stories of patients who, for the most part, have never had their health concerns validated. The most fulfilling part of her work is “helping folks manage their own health,” says Gillian. She believes that assisting people in realizing they have a voice in their own healthcare is empowering and life changing, and she finds it gratifying to be a part of that process.
For any student looking to succeed in this program, Gillian advises them to open themselves up to “receive this coursework and cultivate a new way of learning.”
The accomplished instructors, seasoned in this field, will make themselves available to anyone ready and willing to be taught, she said, and suggests that students pluck their brains.
“You will be marketable and in high demand if get all that you can from this course!”Community Health Worker Program Info