Community Health
Worker Training

A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker

who is a trusted member of or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a link between services and the community.

CHWs promote access to services, provide health education, support care delivery, and promote advocacy. Research consistently demonstrates that CHWs increase care outcomes and quality of care in rural populations. The training and retention of CHWs is essential for improving healthcare for rural Montanans.

About the training

The Montana Community Health Worker (CHW) Fundamentals training is an instructor-guided curriculum.

The course takes about seven weeks (85 hours) to complete and consists of four 15-hour learning modules followed by a 25-hour, on-the-job supervised experience.

Each module contains written content, videos, application activities, case studies and reflective journaling. An individual will gain skills in communication, self-care. interpersonal relationships. outreach, navigation, advocacy; capacity building and teaching.

The CHW training provides a certificate upon completion.

Employer information

An employer must formally sponsor a trainee prior to the start of the training. The employer must have the resources necessary for the trainee to meet the supervised experience required activities.

The CHW “Manual for Supervised Experience” is available for sponsoring facilities/agencies, instructors, and preceptors.

Prerequisites & Cost

High school diploma or GED preferred

All trainees must be sponsored by an employer, as 25 hours of supervised experience are required to complete the training.

If needed, completion of a Computer Literacy Assessment & Training.

Employers may have additional requirements (talk to your employer).

$2,000 per participant.

Training fees are due at enrollment.

Scholarships to cover the training cost may be available upon successful completion of the training.

Contact us for more information

RiverStone Health
Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center
123 South 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406.247.3285

RiverStone Health

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