The Community Health Worker (CHW) Program is a one-year certificate program. This classroom and external experience educational program prepares individuals to be Community Health Workers. A Community Health Worker is a client advocate who closes the gap between the client, health care providers, health agencies and other community-based resources by providing clients with health care information and education. Community Health Workers are known by other titles as well: Promotoras /Promotores, Community Outreach Worker, Community Health Advocates or Educator and Community Health Liaison. The Community Health Worker is employed by private health agencies as well as by non-profit health agencies within the community. Schools and clinics have utilized them as well.
The Basic Certificate program provides education in basic health theories, patient/client care, training and practicums, which are unpaid work-based learning experiences at clinical sites. The Community Health Worker Program also offers separate advanced specialty certificates in the areas of Adult Health and Pediatrics in addition to the Basic CHW Certificate. Verification of workplace competencies will be provided by successful completion of CHLT 1266 and CHLT 1267, Practicum (or Field Experience) - Community Health Advocate I and II.
This Health Occupation's Certificate Program is good transition for Level I SOL students to prepare for higher level health and human service courses. It assists students with career options in the areas of health and human services. A Texas Department of Health Certification is awarded along with the EPCC Certificate of Completion.
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