Professional Development Opportunities

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CHEC Spring 2021 Training

Virtual Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate (COEC) Program

The COEC Program is a two-part training program that introduces Health Educators, Community Health Workers, and other public health professionals to a way of understanding health problems from a public health perspective. The training encourages participants to become proficient on a variety of health topics affecting diverse communities. The training emphasizes three skills needed to do effective outreach and education:

  • interventions such as conducting educational sessions at community sites;
  • proficiency in providing information and referrals on a range of health topics;
  • and creating health messages that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

All workshops are open to any participant, and may be taken separately or as part of the Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate. 

ALL CORE + ANY 6 HEALTH MODULES = 1 COMPREHENSIVE OUTREACH EDUCATION CERTIFICATE 

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.
  • Haverhill/Lawrence: Northern Essex Community College: The Community Health Worker Core Competency training and  certificate is offered as a hybrid program with evening class once a week. CHW 190 is a credit-based class that can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of an academic certificate for Community Health Worker. If you choose to complete the certificate it will include an internship placement as a CHW. You will also be able to apply your credits to earn an Associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization or Pubic Health if you choose to continue your studies.

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.