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Become an Oregon Home Care Commission certified Community Health Worker
Who are Community Health Workers?
- 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.
Unlike HCW and PSW, CHWs are employed by:
- Patient-Center Primary Care Home,
- Hospital or clinics
- County medical services
- Coordinated Care Organization,
- Community-based organization
CHWs are responsible for exploring and securing their own employment opportunities. We estimate the salary range to be between $15 to $21 per hour.
How to become a CHW
Are you an active Homecare or Personal Support Worker? If so, you may be eligible to take the free OHCC 96-hour Community Health Worker training.
To become a CHW:
Training will cover:
- Motivational interviewing
- Oral and self-care
- Many other topics are covered in this 96-hour training
Contact us to learn more
To learn about our next CHW certification schedule in your area, contact us at
OHCC.CHW@odhsoha.oregon.gov or call 877-880-8071, option 1
550 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301