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Community Health Worker Certificate
Semester Hours:  18
Effective Term: Fall  2018
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program required; Recommend HS diploma or GED.

Corequisites: None


Program Description: A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close understanding of the community they serve. This relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison between health services and the community. A CHW builds health understanding and self-sufficiency in individuals within the community through a range of activities such as: outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program required; recommend HS diploma or GED.

Gainful Employment Disclosures per 34 CFR 668.6:
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.

"Low" indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.

"N/A" indicates the data is not available.

Notes: Yearly wage data applies only to workers with full-time, year-round schedules. For salary information for part-time or part-year workers, use hourly wage data.

Employment (2012) 41,000 employees

Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Projected job openings (2012-2022) 20,800

State trends Employment Trends

Top industries (2012)

Health Care and Social Assistance (57% employed in this sector)

Government (18%)

Other Services (Except Public Administration) (12%)

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Summary Report for:
21-1094.00 - Community Health Workers

Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.76 hourly, $34,870 annual

State wages Local Salary Info:

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Wage Information: Community Health Workers

Yearly Wage Chart : Hourly Wage Chart : 2014 Wage Table
OR

Location Pay Period Low Median High

United States Hourly $10.00 $16.76 $29.02

Annual $20,800 $34,900 $60,400

Arizona
Hourly $11.77 $17.75 $32.07

Annual $24,500 $36,900 $66,700

"High" indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.

"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.

"Low" indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.

"N/A" indicates the data is not available.

Notes: Yearly wage data applies only to workers with full-time, year-round schedules. For salary information for part-time or part-year workers, use hourly wage data.

Employment (2012) 41,000 employees

Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Projected job openings (2012-2022) 20,800

State trends Employment Trends

Top industries (2012)

Health Care and Social Assistance (57% employed in this sector)

Government (18%)

Other Services (Except Public Administration) (12%)



Recommended Proficiencies: Good communication and written skills. Willingness to help individuals and communities in a variety of areas of community/public health settings, including but not limited to: health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and chronic disease management.

Course Requirements

Students must live in the State of Arizona and must complete a 90 hour internship. Prior to beginning CPH 196, students must submit to a background check, drug screen, TB skin test, and have up-to-date immunizations. These will be completed at the students expense.

Core Requirements (18)

CPH 160 Introduction to Community Health Worker (3)
CPH 178 Personal Health and Community Wellness (3)
CPH 180 Chronic Disease Management (3)
CPH 185 Health Communication (3)
CPH 190 Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior: An Integrated Approach to Health (3)
HCC 103 Introduction to Medical Terminology (1)
CPH 196 Community Health Worker Internship (2)

Other Requirements
Students must earn:
a grade of C or better in all required courses;
a minimum of one-third of the required certificate credits from CAC;
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1 (Knowledge Level) Define public health, healthcare, and health policy in the United States. (CSLOs 2,4)
2. (Comprehension Level) Understand and describe health equality, cultural humility, and social determinates of health. (CSLOs 1,2,4)
3. (Comprehension Level) Explain the role of the Community Health Worker in community outreach and advocacy. (CSLOs 1,2,3,4)
4. (Comprehension Level) Understand and explain the various stages of health behavior change. (CSLOs 2,3,4)
5. (Application Level) Apply principles of physical fitness, nutrition, weight control, stress management, health promotion, and disease prevention to understand a healthy lifestyle. (CSLOs 2,3,4)
6. (Analysis Level) Examine the basic hazards of alcohol/tobacco use, the opioid epidemic, and diseases associated with STDs. (CSLOs 2,3,4)
7. (Comprehension Level) Describe various chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors and the effects on an individual. (CSLOs 1,2,3,4.
8. (Comprehension Level) Explain self-management techniques to deal with problems such as, fatigue, isolation, and pain. (CSLOs 2,3,4)
9. (Evaluation Level) Assess the impact of chronic disease self-management techniques, and propose improvements in strategies. (CSLOs 2,4)
10. (Synthesis Level) Create educational materials and counseling scenarios that address literacy levels for a given client and/or community. (CSLOs 1,2,3,4)
11. (Application Level) Demonstrate motivational interviewing techniques including empathy, reflective listening, rolling with resistance, agenda/goal setting, and increasing client/patient self-efficacy. (CSLOs 1,2,3,4)
12. (Comprehensive Level) Identify and explain physiological, psychological, and environmental influences on health. (CSLOs 1,2,3,4)
13. (Application Level) Determine what factors have contributed, from a societal perspective, to the current obesogenic environment and define the impact of the obesity epidemic on the individual and on society. (CSLOs 1,2,4)
14. (Comprehensive Level) Understand the integration of physical health with behavioral health; the impact both at an individual and population-based perspective.(CSLOs 1,2,3,4)
15. (Analysis Level) Identify, define, and analyze medical terminology using word analysis tools, including dividing the medical words into their parts, defining each part, and analyzing basic combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes.
16. (Application Level) Articulate the CHW core competencies as outlined by the Arizona Community Health Workers Association. (CSLOs 2,3,4)
16. (Synthesis Level) Perform the varied duties of the community health worker. (CSLOs 1,2,3,4)
Standards for Program
Community Health Workers do not have external accreditation at this time. The state of Arizona is considering voluntary credentialing.