CHWs are certified through the Ohio Board of Nursing. Because they come from the communities they serve, they can have meaningful conversations with their neighborhood in addressing the social determinants of health. They are an important part of helping communities with health problems such as infant mortality, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental health, cancer and a host of other chronic diseases. The CHW training prepares individuals for work with a variety of organizations and health teams. Known as connectors, they help people to live better lives.
Access Health Stark County has partnered with NEOMed University and two other Ohio faith-based organizations to deliver CHW training. Approved as a training site in July 2018, we are now planning our next training for February 2018.
The minimum requirements for being accepted into training are:
- Must be 18 years of age;
- Must have a HS diploma or GED;
- Must be able to pass federal/state background checks.
The training consists of 100 hours of classroom time and 130 hours of practicum, which we help provide and/or arrange.
You will have to have letters of reference from persons in your community. Training does not mean you will be placed in a position. This must be discussed when you contact the Access Health office. We know which grant-funded initiatives are looking for personnel and often know which ones that are coming down the road.
Contact our office at 330-445-1079 if you would like more information. After a brief discussion, we can direct you to our online application which can put you on the waiting list for the next training.