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Community Health Worker

Community Health Worker

​Would you like to help connect community members to available healthcare services and resources?

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who serves as a liaison or intermediary between the community and health/social services.

The CHW:

  • facilitates access to services and improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery;
  • builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy;
  • is a valued member of the healthcare team, essential to improving the health of our communities through positive impact on the social determinants of health. These include but are not limited to education, income level, housing, public transportation, access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods. 

The CHW certificate at COTC is designed to provide training approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing that will prepare the student for state certification. In addition, the certificate provides multiple opportunities for students to continue academic progression if they choose to do so.