Southwestern Oregon Community College, in partnership with Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, is offering an eight-week training session for the Community Health Worker Non-Credit Training Certificate, beginning January 10, 2022.

This course prepares students to serve as a community health worker. The primary function of a CHW is to link the community with health and social service systems, to improve and maintain quality health and wellness. To accomplish this, the student learns how to access services such as advocacy, outreach, referrals, community education, mentoring and social support.

The course addresses all requirements outlined by the Oregon Health Authority. Upon receiving a passing grade, students qualify to apply to the Oregon Health Authority for accreditation as a community health worker. The certification is valid for three years.

This course uses a hybrid model of delivery. Students attend 16 classes via Zoom, totaling 40 contact hours. They then complete an additional 45 hours of online training outside of Zoom.

The cost of the program is $799. Register at For information, email Tina Carpenter at


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