Community Health Worker Training

Role of CHWsCHW Training ResourcesProject AsPIREDREAM Project

CHW training curricula are developed with input from academic and community advisors. Community Health Workers receive ongoing training on a variety of topics to help build their capacity to reduce health disparities in the communities in which they work.

The curriculum includes the following elements:

CHW Role, Advocacy

  • History of CHWs
  • CHW leadership skills & advocacy
  • Community and health resources
  • Immigrant access to health services in NYC
  • Language Services in healthcare


Teaching and Communication Skills

  • Popular education
  • Theater of the Oppressed
  • Communication skills
  • Health literacy and simple language conflict resolution

Clinical Skills Trainings

  • Phlebotomy
  • Pharmacology of antihypertensive and diabetes medication


Disease-specific Trainings

  • Basics of diabetes
  • Complications of diabetes
  • Clinical management of obese patient with diabetes

Health Promotion Trainings

  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Chronic disease self-management
  • Health disparities


Research Skills

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Research methods (i.e. Focus Groups, survey administration)
  • Ethical issues in research; HIPAA
  • Database and data analysis software (access, Atlas ti, SPSS)‏
  • Partnership evaluation
  • Intervention implementation and evaluation
  • Computer literacy