This two-semester program prepares students to enter the health care profession as an entry-level community health worker (CHW). CHWs are also known as community health representatives (CHRs), patient navigators or patient service representatives (PSRs). They function as patient advocates and educators in clinics, hospitals and managed care organizations (MCOs). This certificate program includes the 11 established competencies required for state certification. These competencies are: the CHW profession, effective communication skills, interpersonal skills, health coaching skills, service coordination skills, capacity building skills, advocacy skills, technical teaching skills, community health outreach skills, community knowledge and assessment, and clinical support skills. CHWs are trained to have a basic understanding of medical terminology as well as knowledge regarding maternal-child health issues, chronic disease and illness. Program completion enables students to qualify for the New Mexico state certification for CHWs.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the professional role of the CHW in clinical practice.
- Apply all CHW competencies to clinical practice.
- Educate, advocate and support clients through the navigation of the medical system.
- Assist clients in service coordination.
REQUIREMENTS: (10 credits)
HLCR 115 Community Health Worker Training I (on-campus) 5 credits
HLCR 116 Community Health Worker Training II (on-campus) 5 credits
HLCR 131 Home Visitor Training I (online) credits