Community Health Worker Training Program

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Project Summary

Temple University's Community Health Worker Training Program prepares individuals with the core knowledge, abilities and skills required through competency-based training. Competencies include knowledge of health information, organizational skills, effective communication skills, interpersonal skills, client capacity-building skills, presentation, teaching and outreach skills, knowledge of community services, service coordination skills, and advocacy skills. The training program is 120 hours of team-taught classroom hours, and students earn 3 undergraduate credits.

Project Goal

To increase the knowledge, abilities and skills of Community Health Workers in communities across Pennsylvania.

Promotional Methods

This is a workforce development program. Applicants are invited to attend an orientation session. Upon completion of the orientation, qualified applicants are invited to enroll in the program.

Project Challenges

Temple continues to seek data on ROI to demonstrate the value and cost-savings of CHWs. The stronger the ROI, the less employers will depend on external funding to employ CHWs.

Project Results

Temple University has trained over 150 CHWs. Placement rate (in the field is 60-70%). Community Health Workers help accomplish all areas of the “triple aim”: improved population health, better patient experiences, and reduced per capita cost.

Organization Type

Academic Institution

Types of Practices

  • Health Systems
  • Workplace

Target Age Ranges

  • Adults
  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+

Gender(s)

  • All

Race/Ethnicity

  • All

Project Service Type

  • Education / Training / Resource Development

Project Content Area

  • Health (general)

Project/Program Care Team Target Population

  • Community Health Workers / Patient Navigators

Counties Served

  • All Counties

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