CHW Training

Community Health Worker Training

Community Health Workers

A Community Health Worker (CHW) or “promotora” is a trusted member of the community who has a uniquely close understanding of the community served. This relationship enables community health workers to serve as a bridge between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. Community Health Workers are an essential workforce contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

El Buen Samaritano has played a key role in the strengthening and sustainability of the Community Health Worker workforce in Austin, Travis County since 2012.

As we are preparing for our next 160-hour Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Course that is expected to launch later this year.

Spring 2022 CHW CEU Training Offerings

Presented by El Buen Samaritano in collaboration with CARDEA, UT School of Nursing, and Planned Parenthood.

This Spring, El Buen Samaritano’s Community Health Worker Training Center will host our third inaugural CHW training series. The series will be hosted virtually and open to all whom are interested. CHW and other Continuing Education Credits, such as those for social workers will be available for most of these trainings, as noted.*

Spring 2022 CHW CEU Training Offerings

 

They will be held from 9AM – 12AM every other Wednesday morning, unless otherwise noted. The training sessions will begin February 16th, 2022 and run through May 19th, 2022.

To register for these trainings, click the class you’re interested in below.

For more information, please contact Sage Harrison, Program Manager of Health Education and Access to Resources by email at chwtraining@elbuen.org.

Adult Eductaion Program

Covid 101

El Buen Samaritano

Join us at our interactive virtual 2022 COVID 101 training for CHW’s, Community Block Educators, and others working to increase access to COVID education and resources. Topics include: What is Hesitancy, Motivational Interviewing, Communication Skills, and tools to manage difficult conversations about COVID/vaccinations.

When

February 16th, 2022
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Unnatural Causes: Inequality is Making Us Sick

El Buen Samaritano

This course will address the impact of how race and social class impact our health. We will discuss and examine how racial inequality imposes an additional burden on people of color and negatively impacts their health.

When

March 2nd, 2022
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Gender and Sexual Diversity

CARDEA

Participants will: explore the dimensions of gender and sexuality, including sex or gender assigned at birth, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity; examine the impact of stigma and discrimination; and strategies for creating safer spaces in our agencies for these clients.

When

March 23rd, 2022*
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Mental Health – COVID

CARDEA and UT School of Nursing

In this course, participants will explore mental health and discuss the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental health of individuals.

 

When

April 6th, 2022*
9AM-11AM

Adult Eductaion Program

Motivational Interviewing

CARDEA and UT School of Nursing

In this course, participants will learn and practice the underlying philosophy and spirit of Motivational Interviewing that helps people want to make health-related behavior changes. You will also practice core skills to start a behavior change conversation that engages and empowers your clients to take next steps.

When

April 20th, 2022*
9AM-1PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Trauma Informed Care

CARDEA

In this course, participants will learn about the types of trauma, how they affect the brain, the impact of trauma on behaviors and health outcomes, and ways to provide trauma-informed care.

 

When

May 11th, 2022**
9AM-12PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood

Join us at this training for CHW’s or other professionals who provide sexual and reproductive education and/or resources to adults and youth. Participants will learn a basic background of Reproductive Health and will explore topics that include Anatomy, Birth Control and Gender-Neutral/Diversifying Language

When

May 19th, 2022
1PM-5PM

Adult Eductaion Program

Certified Health Worker Certification

El Buen hosts the only bilingual certified Community Health Worker Training Center in Central Texas, which provides comprehensive bilingual certification for community health workers. Certified in 2012 by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), El Buen has certified over fifty-five CHW’s through our training program, and over 125 CHW’s have received bilingual continuing education units or CEUs. The individuals that participate in our program have competencies not only in skill, but also in cultural relevance that can be translated throughout the State of Texas and beyond.

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How to Access Services

  • Certification Training: Certification Training: In this current semester, we offer CEUs only. We will provide updated information on the availability of our CHW Certification Course. Please check back for updates
  • Continuing Education Training: El Buen continues to offer ongoing CHW CEU Training series per semester. We work together with local organizations to provide topics such as teen dating violence prevention, adolescents and consent in Texas, and Trauma Informed Care among others. You can find detailed information on this semester’s series as well as information on registration above.

Where

Virtual Classes

Registration

Subsidized Registration Fee is $450
Call 512.439.8900

Additional Resources

  • Collaboration on research related to CHW
  • Specialized training packages for organizations working with CHWs
  • Consulting on CHW program planning and implementation.