PSW-HCW

Take your career to the next level!

Become a Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) certified Community Health Worker

Who are Community Health workers (CHW)?

  • Certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) help people adopt healthy behaviors and navigate the health system.
  • CHWs usually share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, or life experience with those they serve.
  • CHWs work for their local hospitals and clinics or Coordinated Care Organization to deliver culturally appropriate health education.
  • CHWs promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health.  
  • CHWs may provide information on available resources,
    •  connect people to social supports,
    •  provide informal counseling,
    • advocate for individual and community health needs,
    • and provide services such as blood pressure screening or other health prevention screenings.

Are you an active Homecare or Personal Support Worker?

If so, you may be eligible to take the free OHCC 96 hours Community Health Worker training.

Training will cover

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Communication
  • Oral and self-care
  • Nutrition and many others will be cover in the 96 hours training.

To learn about our next CHW certification schedule in your area, contact us at
OHCC.CHW@state.or.us or call 1-877-880-8071, option 1
Mail:  OHCC -THW
550 Capitol Street NE
Basement Floor Salem,
Oregon 97301​

​Community Health Workers

A Community Health Worker is one of five types of Traditional Health Workers/

  1. Community Health Workers. Assist individuals and their community to achieve positive health outcomes
  2. Personal Health Navigators. Assist individuals to achieve positive health outcomes​
  3. Peer Support Specialists. Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health conditions
  4. ​Peer Wellness Specialists. Focus on recovery from addiction/mental health and physical conditions
  5. ​Birth Doulas. Assist women with pre-natal care

Mailing list

To learn about our next 96-hour CHW certification schedule in your area, send your e-mail address and provider number to OHCC.CHW@state.or.us or call 1-877-880-8071, option 1