The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job outlook for community health workers (CHWs) will grow by 17%, faster than average, between 2020 and 2030.
Because of the growing demand for CHWs in communities across the U.S. and even internationally, there is also a growing demand for professional development opportunities for these workers to better prepare them.
CHWs are essential frontline health workers that play a multitude of roles from health educator to informal mental health counselor, language interpreter to cultural broker, providing first aid to weight loss coaches. Continual education is endless.
MCD Global Health offers two CHW programs: Community Health Worker Training and Technical Assistance Program (CHW-TTAP), part of our e-learning platform, and the Maine Community Health Worker Initiative (MeCHWI).
These projects aim to provide training and technical assistance including education, skill building, and access to resources, CHWs, as well as other individuals who assist clients in addressing social determinants of health and the prevention, management and self-management of disease and disability.
The following have been achieved since the implementation of these projects:
- Developed and launched a CHW Cholesterol Basics module available in English and Spanish.
- Developed and launched the CHW COVID-19 module in four languages (English, Spanish, French, and Arabic) as well as the CHW COVID-19 Vaccine Basics module.
- Partnered with the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) to develop and launch a CHW and Telehealth Basics module.
- Developed and launched a virtual CHW Core Competency Program in response to the cancellations of in-person training due to COVID-19.
Proud to Work With: Barnes Healthcare Services; CHW Solutions; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Community Health Center Association of Connecticut; Georgia Department of Public Health; Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust; Maricopa County Arizona; Maine Community Foundation; Maine Health Access Foundation; Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; New Mexico Department of Health; New York State Department of Health; Oklahoma State Department of Health; The Betterment Fund; The Bingham Foundation; Trinity Health Systems; University of New England; and Virginia Department of Health.