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Howard County General Hospital offers community health worker training

Howard County General Hospital will offer community health worker training and certification beginning March 22. Community health workers conduct outreach for medical personnel or health care organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain and improve individual and community health. In addition, they encourage individuals to adopt healthy behaviors by increasing their health knowledge and self-sufficiency.

Offered three times a year, the community health worker training, accredited by the Maryland Department of Health, consists of 117 hours of online and virtual real-time sessions as well as in-person modules completed within 14-15 weeks. This includes:

  • Weekly modules with prerecorded learning which offers schedule flexibility
  • Weekly discussion board posts online
  • 40-hour field practicum facilitated by trainers or completed independently
  • Learning activities via live video or in person with social and physical distancing

Howard County General Hospital’s Community Care Team leads the program. The training covers advocacy and community capacity building, communication and cultural competency, ethics and confidentiality issues, local resources and system navigation, care coordination, skills to promote health, outreach methods and strategies as well as public health concepts and health literacy.

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Participants must be 18 years old or older and have earned a high school degree or GED. No prior health care training is required.

Registration closes March 12. To learn more or register, visit http://bit.ly/chw-training, call 410-720-8788 or email HCGH_CHWTraining@jhmi.edu. A limited number of partial scholarships are available through a donation from the Biegel family. Scholarship applications are due March 1.

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Scott E