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      The Nevada Community Health Worker (CHW) Online Hybrid Training Course is designed to prepare students for their work as future Community Health Workers. By introducing students to important concepts such as documentation skills, health disparities, and service coordination, this course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to work out in the community.

      This course is comprised of 8 lessons and includes assignments, discussions, and quizzes that correspond to each lesson. The lessons are as follows:

      1.       Welcome and Introduction to the Course

      Here students will be introduced to the course requirements. This is completed through a synchronous session where all students will be expected to attend through zoom. There are two synchronous sessions per course.

      2.       Organizational Skills

      This section focuses primarily on organization and time management skills. It also demonstrates how to work within an interdisciplinary team.

      3.       Documentation Skills

      This section discusses the importance of accurate documentation and confidentiality. Students will be given examples of possible documents they might encounter in the workplace and will learn how to effectively complete them.

      4.       Understanding Disparities and Social Determinants

      In this lesson, health disparities and social determinants of health are discussed. Students will be instructed on how bias and stereotyping can affect treatment and care.

      5.       Assessment Skills

      This section deals with assessment in various realms such as public health, community capacity building, and community needs. Students will be provided with examples of community assessments and will understand the importance of assessment in their work as a Community Health Worker.

      6.       Service Coordination Skills

      This lesson talks about the role of a Community Health Worker in connecting patients to internal and community-based supports and resources. By learning how to provide resources to their patients, students can effectively fulfill their obligations as a CHW.

      7.       Writing and Developing a Case Study

      This section explores how CHW’s write and develop case studies. Students will be able to tell a story about their patient and provide educational information to their interdisciplinary team and to a wider audience.

      8.       Conclusion

      This is the conclusion of this course. Students will be asked to complete an assessment of the course at this time and attend a final zoom to present their case studies.


      A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

      A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy (American Public Health Association, 2013).

      The mission of the community health work profession is rooted in a set of core roles, core values and a specific code of ethics that drive their scope of work and practice within a community. These core roles, core values and code of ethics, embraced by CHWs throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of community health work’s unique purpose and perspective.