Community Health Worker

Program Level: Certificates, Continuing Education
Department: Workforce Training Network
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: NVC

The Community Health Worker program prepares you to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and healthcare insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations. The program will train you 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. Hospitals, churches, clinics, insurance companies and nonprofit organizations all need the services of community healthcare workers.

This program prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, 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 to target populations.  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.

 

INTRO TO COMMUNITY HEALTH - CHLT 1001

Get a basic understanding of variables that affect health sectors in the community. Learn the determinants of health at the individual and community level and implement community assessment techniques to include demographics, mapping, and analysis of governmental agency services; describe tracking techniques of clients and services; specify the dynamics in relationship building among groups, organizations, and individuals in a community; and identify initiatives that will impact the health status of a poor and under-served community.

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCACY - CHLT 1040

Study of local, regional, and national health care resources. Identification of health organizations, support groups, and health care delivery systems to be used for client referral. Activities include visits to various local agencies and attendance/participation in related activities.

COMMUNITY NUTRITION - CHLT 1005

Study the cultural aspects and public policy of food and nutrition and the socioeconomic and psychological aspects of nutrition throughout the life cycle. You will develop culturally appropriate community-level interventions to improve nutrition for vulnerable populations.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FIELD METHODS - CHLT 1042

Prepare for field work with individuals,  families, and groups emphasizing teaching and capacity- building skills. You will learn outreach methods to include area canvassing, home visiting, group work, community events, and community organizing.

 

WELLNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION - CHLT 1002

Participate in an overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Focus is on attitude development, the impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness to include health behavior theories and approaches to behavior modification.

CLINICAL - COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES - CHLT 2060

Get the work-based learning experience that enables you to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. You will have direct supervision from experienced clinical professionals.

  • Christine Maddox  

    Phone: 210-486-4415
    Email: cmaddox@alamo.edu
    Campus: Northwest Vista College (NVC)
    Building: Mountain Laurel Hall (MLH) Room 234

  • Campus: Northwest Vista College (NVC)
    Building: Mountain Laurel Hall (MLH) Room 234
    Phone: (210) 21ALAMO 
                  (210) 212-5266

  • Amparo Polendo Garcia 

    Phone: 210-486-4421
    Email: pamparo@alamo.edu
    Campus: Northwest Vista College (NVC)
    Building: Mountain Laurel Hall (MLH) Room 234