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Community Health Worker (CHW)

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. (APHA CHW Section).

Community Health Worker Training Requirements for Certification
  • Provide documentation that you have worked or volunteered as a traditional health worker for at least 3000 hours in Oregon from January 1, 2004 to June 30, 2019; or
  • If you have completed some or all of the certification training requirements, you may be able to count previously - completed training toward certification.
  • Community Health Workers are required to complete THW Oral Health for Community Health Worker Training Program, in addition to your approved training program curricula.
  • Apply for the Traditional Health Worker (THW) certification via the portal at
  • *Regarding recertification, for renewal purposes, we require applicants to apply within 60-90 days prior to their expiration date.
Once you are certified with the Oregon Health Authority, we will add you to our state registry. The registry is a reliable, trusted source for finding a traditional health worker in Oregon. 
Additional Resources for CHW

Do you have a Civil Rights Complaint or concern regarding THW-CHW services?

For additional Information about the THW program, please contact us at:
Fax: 971-673-1128