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CHEC Spring 2020 Training

Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate (COEC) Program

Multiple Spring 2020 dates, April – June. See information here.
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE – Priority will be given to Community Health Workers currently employed by Accountable Care Organizations and Behavioral Community Partners.

This is an 80-hour core competency training for Community Health Workers that focuses on skills, knowledge and strategies for community outreach and health education practice.

Register: Download and complete the CHEC Training Policy Agreement and the Spring 2020 COEC Registration Form. Send completed forms to [email protected] or call 617-534-5485.

Holyoke Community College CHW Summer 2020 Program

Online Course! Core Competencies and Health Topics for CHWs

May 27, 2020 – August 12, 2020
Download the flyer.

HCC offers fundamental CHW training and skill building with a focus on integrating behavioral health and substance use treatment into health and human service settings. Students will also be participating in a simulation lab. All class lectures will be on Zoom (timing to be decided).

Please contact Project Coordinator Amreen Shaikh at [email protected] to register.

Free Summer Courses

May 26, 2020 – August 12, 2020
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

Interested in helping others, giving back to your community, and building your professional skills? HCC is offering two free classes in community health worker (CHW) training! These are funded through a federal grant by the MassHealth Commonwealth Corporation Grant and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of these courses is to train paraprofessionals as community health workers, building foundational skills and practices with a focus on integrating behavioral health and addiction/substance use into health and human service settings. Learn more: https://www.hcc.edu/courses-and-programs/areas-of-study/health-sciences/foundations-of-health/free-community-health-worker-classes.

Register by April 25, 2020. To register, fill out the form.
For more information, contact Amreen Shaikh, Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Winter 2020 Professional Development Opportunities

Community Health Education Center (CHEC) Train the Trainer Winter Session

Tuesday, March 10 & Thursday, March 12, 2020
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Register: Download and complete CHEC Training Agreement and Train the Trainer March 2020 registration form. Send completed forms to [email protected] or call 617-534-5485.

Cost: $100

This two-day intensive training is designed to build and strengthen training and facilitation skills based on an adult learner education model. You will learn successful methods for conducting training workshops from icebreakers to managing group dynamics. Preferred: Training must be part of your current job/or this will be part of a new role that you will be taking on. More info: Please call main line at 617-534-5181 or email us at [email protected].

CHEC Winter Modules

Module descriptions are available here.

To register for Winter Modules: Download and complete the CHEC Training Policy Agreement and Winter Health Module Registration Form. Send completed forms to [email protected] or call 617-534-5485.

LGBT Health
Monday, March 2, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $25

Substance Use
Monday, March 9, 2020
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $50

Diabetes Prevention
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $25

Asthma
Monday, March 23, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $25

Women & HIV
Monday, March 30, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CHEC, 860 Harrison Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $25

Free Online Trainings for CHWs in Massachusetts

Do you want to grow your skill set in working with chronic conditions? Looking for more resources to expand your toolbox? The Massachusetts Department of Public Health offers FREE online trainings designed for Community Health Workers! 8 training modules cover:

  • Community Health Workers and Chronic Conditions Overview
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Prediabetes
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Breast Cancer (Spanish module coming soon!)
  • Cervical Cancer (Spanish module coming soon!)
  • Colorectal Cancer (Spanish module coming soon!)

Select the modules that apply to your work or complete all 8. Learn more and register today!

Come To Our Professional Development Forums

These regional gatherings are a chance for you to discover new community resources, build your skills, share what you know and learn for other community health workers.   A Professional Development Forum is a structured 2-hour session for CHWs whose goals are to:

  1. Foster the shared professional identity for CHWs
  2. Learn about relevant topics including core competencies, advanced training topics, or receive co-consultation through case reviews
  3. Encourage and facilitate CHW to CHW referrals.

Employers frequently support CHW professional development by allowing CHWs to attend workshops during work time, so ask your supervisor.  Sign up as a MACHW member and you will automatically receive information on events and activities in your region.

Attend Our Annual Conference

Each May, MACHW organizes and co-hosts an annual conference for community health workers, along with the MA Department of Public Health. Sign up as a MACHW member and you will automatically be invited to the conference.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

You can view our calendar of educational events and programs.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions about Community Health Worker Certification in Massachusetts

Regional Training Centers

  • Boston: CHEC Boston: Community Health Education Center at the Boston Public Health Commission offers Core Competency Training as well as one day skill building sessions.
  • Lowell: CHEC Lowell: Community Health Education Center at Lowell Community Health Center offers Core Competency Training as well as one day skill building sessions.
  • Holyoke: Holyoke Community College offers the course Core Competencies for CHWs (HTH 104), a credit-based class, can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of an academic certificate for CHWs.
  • Worcester: OWTI – Outreach Worker Training Institute at the Center for Health Impact (formerly known as the Central Mass AHEC) in Worcester offers Core Competency Training.
  • Amherst: Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center: This training center is located at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and offers a variety of trainings to front-line health care workers, including community health workers, nurses, physicians and medical assistants aimed at preventing and managing chronic diseases.

National events that you can attend

UNITY National CHW Conference

Unity is an annual national conference for and about community health workers, hosted by The Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) at The University of Southern Mississippi. Consider attending to learn about the latest issues impacting community health workers and to network with community health workers and community health worker program administrators from across the United States.

American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting

Each year around early November, the American Public Health Association (APHA) holds its large Annual Meeting for public health professionals. Consider attending to learn from CHWs across the country, potentially share your success stories, and join conversations that shape the CHW profession nationally. The CHW Section of APHA typically offers five $800 scholarships for CHWs to attend the Annual Meeting.