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Professional Development Opportunities

Community Health Education Center (CHEC) Winter Sessions

  1. Train the Trainer
    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].

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

    Register: Download and complete CHEC Training Policy Agreement and Winter Health Module Registration Form. Send completed forms to [email protected] or call 617-534-5485.
    Cost: $25

    More info: Please call main line at 617-534-5181 or email us at [email protected].

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.