Traditional Health Workers must complete an Oregon Health Authority (OHA)-approved training program to qualify for state certification. This applies to community health workers, peer wellness specialists, personal health navigators, peer-support specialists, and doulas.
THW Monthly Training Opportunites:
Oregon Health Authority Approved Continuing Education Programs
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The following training programs will require a fee that you need to pay on your own. Oregon Health Authority State Certification and Registration is free once training requirements are met.
Training can be waived per Grandparenting Clause Provision
3) Individuals seeking THW certification and registry enrollment as a grandfathered community health worker, peer wellness specialist, personal health navigator, or peer support specialist shall:
(a) Be at least 18 years of age;
(b) Not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list;
(c) Pass a background check as described in OAR 410-180-0326;
(d) Submit to the Authority all required documentation and a completed application on an Authority prescribed form by June 30, 2021, including:
A) A minimum of one letter of recommendation from any previous employer for whom THW services were provided between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2021; and
(B) Verifiable evidence of working or volunteering in the capacity of a community health worker, peer wellness specialist, or personal health navigator for at least 3000 hours between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2021; or
(C) Verifiable evidence of working or volunteering in the capacity of a peer support specialist for at least 2000 hours between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2021.