Community Health Workers

What is a Community Health Worker? The American Public Health Association defines a community health worker as a person who: 

  • Is a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. 
  • Serves as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. 
  • 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.

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Greetings from MiCHWA! ~~~ CHW Training Opportunities

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming MiCHWA CHW training opportunities starting in October 2017. The training locations and dates are listed below:

The flyers for each training include further details about the schedule, cost, and registration. Information can also be found on the MiCHWA website: CHW Training Opportunities.

Please share the flyers with any employers and individuals who may be interested in the MiCHWA CHW Training Program and training opportunities. 

For questions about the MiCHWA CHW Training Program and/or the upcoming CHW training opportunities, please contact us by phone (734-998-6031) or email (


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New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Online Course 

  • COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERSThe course is led by instructors from CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and focuses on the important role CHWs play in preventing and controlling chronic disease.
    • Topics include: Recommendations for building a sustainable CHW workforce;  Strategies for systems changes to facilitate the inclusion of CHWs as sustainable members of health care teams;  Resources that can assist state health departments in successfully engaging CHWs in chronic disease prevention and control efforts. You may view the course in its entirety or one module at a time, individually or together with colleagues.
    • The CDC offers a course on Promoting Policy and Systems Change To Expand Employment of Community Health Workers (CHWs).   This course is designed to provide state programs and other stakeholders with basic knowledge about Community Health Workers (CHWs), such as official definitions of CHWs, workforce development, and other topic areas. In addition, the course covers how states can become engaged in policy and systems change efforts to establish sustainability for the work of CHWs, including examples of states that have proven success in this arena. 

Click here for more information on this CDC Course .