Community Health Workers

For Community Health Workers

Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation

Empowering Communities to Improve Health

Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an increasingly pivotal role in health care transformation, serving as the link among communities, their members and their local health/social services.

The Center for Health Innovation has partnered with OSU Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) and Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) to provide a series of intensive, flexible courses for current and new CHWs.

Courses are accredited by Oregon Health Authority.

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Entry-Level Training

Our CHW Entry-Level Course prepares you with the foundations of CHW work. Those who complete and pass the course are eligible to apply for CHW certification in Oregon.

The entry-level course has a blended delivery. This innovative format allows for the flexibility of self-paced online learning, as well as provides opportunities to meet and share ideas in-person. On-site events are hosted throughout the state, including rural communities, for your convenience.

Continuing Education

For current CHWs, we provide expert-led and self-paced online courses to gain relevant skillsets and knowledge that may be targeted to working with vulnerable or high-needs populations.

Courses include:

  • Poverty & Related Social Determinants of Health
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Management of Chronic Health Conditions

Leadership Development

We are helping build tomorrow’s CHW leaders. This online course connects participants with other adult learners, instructors and mentors. This course is for experienced CHWs looking to take the next step in their career.

This course is currently under development.