Course Description

Temple University Harrisburg Community Health Worker Training Program (CHW) 

CHW Check-In

Are you passionate about health issues and conditions that impact health? Do you want to make a difference in your community? If yes, the Temple University Harrisburg CHW Training Program is right for you!


What is CHW?

CHW-trained staff are a valuable addition to agencies dedicated to improving individual and community health outcomes. Staff using CHW skills are often already connected to the community they plan to serve and may share important cultural bonds such as ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status or other life experiences with members. CHW skills may be applied to a variety of job roles such as:

  • Community Health Worker;
  • Client Navigator;
  • Promotores de Salud;
  • Home-Visitor;
  • Educator;
  • Advocate;
  • Counselor; or
  • Social worker.



Participants who complete the TUH CHW Training Program will learn core community health promotion skills for success. They will emerge inspired and well-equipped to educate and advocate between individuals and their health care and other providers. A certificate is awarded upon completion of this 120 hour program.

  • Completion of this 120-hour certificate meets the Education requirement of the PA Certification Board CCHW credential


Course Outline

Through the program, participants will have six graded assignments including:

  • Class participation
  • Journal entries
  • Quizzes
  • Healthy topic presentation
  • Roleplay
  • Client Simulation


Breakdown of program material:

1. Community Health Foundations (48 hours)

Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Humility & Health Beliefs

Health Information, Literacy & Medical Terms

Ethics and Professionalism

Trauma-informed Practice and Self-care

2. Community Health Counseling (48 hours)

Person-centered, Strengths-based & harm-reduction approaches

Health Interviews, Progress Notes & Electronic Health Records

Behavior Change Theory & Health Counseling Skills

Motivational Interviewing

3. Job Skills for Community Health Workers (24+ hours)

Public Health and the Role of Community Health Workers

Scope of Practice, Service Coordination & Referrals

Health Education Outreach & Presentations

Skills Assessment -- CHW Presentation & Simulation


Optional add on: Free to registered learners, TUH will offer a certificate training in Mental Health First Aid.


Learner Outcomes

Through the program, participants are expected to:

  • Increase knowledge of health information
  • Build organizational skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Enhance interpersonal skills
  • Gain client capacity building skills
  • Demonstrate presentation, teaching and outreach skills
  • Increase knowledge of community services
  • Build service coordination skills
  • Enhance advocacy skills


Admission Information:

Applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Be proficient in reading and writing skills and have basic computer literacy skills
  • Complete the online application and pay the non-refundable deposit fee of $50. If the applicant is not accepted into the program the deposit will be refunded.

Application submission deadline: December 11, 2020

If you have questions about the program or the application, please email Fern Gilkerson at fern.gilkerson@temple.edu


Cancellations and Refunds

All cancellation requests must be made in writing via email to Pamela Vierra at pamela.vierra@temple.edu and received by the Temple University Harrisburg staff before becoming effective. Please note that if registrant does not officially withdraw from a course and does not attend the course, the registrant is still responsible for payment.  

Cancellations received ten (10) business days or more prior to the start of the scheduled course will be eligible for a full refund of fees paid.

Cancellations received nine (9) business days to one (1) business day prior to the start of the scheduled course will be subject to a cancellation charge of $10.00 for one day/session courses and $50 for multiday courses. Cancellations received less than one (1) business day prior to the start of the scheduled course will not be eligible for a refund.  


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