Certification Class

Ron Cookstong, Executive Director of Gateway to Care and Madeline Perez, CHWTI Graduate 2010
CHWTI provides 160 hour certification class that has been approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  The curriculum is certified and classes must be facilitated by certified instructors.  Please complete the registration form from below in interested. Certification classes:
  • provide education and information that promotes health literacy
  • provides broad knowledge of community and government programs and client eligibility such as Community and Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs), Medicare & Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), County Indigent Programs (Harris County Hospital District, Montgomery County Hospital District...), as well as information about the Federal Poverty Level and reviewing applications for better understanding
  • Provides skills to navigate the complex, fractured healthcare system
  • Provides resources about community and public clinics
  • Provides skills and tools to build relationships with clients/patients to ensure access and follow-through to needed healthcare and social services
  • Provides skills in community advocacy and capacity building
Classes are typically one day a week, all day, for about 20 weeks.  The curriculum is mandated by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide information in 8 core competencies.  The eight competencies that have been identified by the state are:
  • Communication Skills
    • Listening
    • Use language confidently and appropriately
    • Ability to read and write well enough to document activities
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Counseling
    • Relationship-building
    • Ability to work as a team member
    • Ability to work appropriately with diverse groups of people
  • Service Coordination Skills
    • Ability to identify and access resources
    • Ability to network and build coalitions
    • Ability to provide follow-up 
  • Capacity Building Skills
    • "Empowerment"-Ability to identify problems and resources to help clients solve problems themselves
    • Leadership
    • Ability to strategize
    • Ability to motivate
  • Advocacy Skills
    • Ability to speak up for individuals or communities and withstand intimidation
    • Ability to use language appropriately
    • Ability to overcome barriers
  • Teaching Skills
    • Ability to share information one-on-one
    • Ability to master information, plan and lead classes, and collect and use information from community people
  • Organization Skills
    • Ability to set goals and plan
    • Ability to juggle priorities and manage time
  • Knowledge Base on Specific Health Issues
    • Broad knowledge about the community
    • Knowledge about specific health issuses
    • Knowledge of health and social service systems
    • Ability to find information
Because the class is a 'clock hour' class, attendance is mandatory.  Clock hour means the class is based on the number of hours a person is actually present in the class.  There are no exams or tests required to complete the class.  Once a participant has successfully completed the class, s/he is eligible to apply for state certification.  There is no fee nor testing required from DSHS to receive a certificate, only proof of course completion with other required documents. Once a CHW becomes certified s/he must recertify evey 2 years.  20 hours of continuing education are required before the 2 year expiration date. 
 
If interested in this class, please complete form below.  

The 2nd 2014 Term begins in July 16, 2014; at Legacy Clinic located on 5602 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020

Please contact Angel Rivera-Gonzalez, CHWTI Coordinator, at 281.400.3650 for more information.

 

CHW Training Registration Form 2nd Term 2014

 
 
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