Community Health Worker Program
Community Health Worker
Community Health Workers provide services in public health, private health care, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance companies. Community Health Workers provide unique services to increase wellness and successful outreach to populations in need.
Services are focused on:
*Establishing positive, trusting relationships with community residents.
*Helping clients to overcome barriers in language and culture to better connect to services.
*Assessing client needs; economic, legal, medical, social, basic care, emotional and psychological.
*Facilitating access to benefits and services; insurance, financial, and health care providers.
*Connecting clients to resources in the community for long-term success.
The Community Health Worker Program prepares students to work in public health, private health care agencies, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities. The program will train students to develop positive relationships with individuals who need assistance and support in developing healthy behaviors, utilizing health resources, and gaining educational support to prevent or alleviate the effects of chronic disease.
Emphasis is on health education, health promotion and community outreach. Coursework in this program is intended to develop and enhance the skills of community health advisors, social and human service assistants, and other people interested in working in the field of social work, community health and advocacy.
CHLT 1301 Introduction to Community Health
CHLT 1302 Wellness and Health Promotion
CHLT 1340 Community Health Advocacy
CHLT 1342 Community Health Field Methods
CHLT 1391 Special Topics in Community Health
CHLT 2367 Practicum-Community Health Services
The certificate option will be completed in two semesters and is TSI exempt! This means that you will not have to take any math, science, or electives!
The starting pay in the East Texas area for a CHW is around $30,000.
For more information, contact the department chair, Tony Rand at 903-510-2268.