State Certification

The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers was established through an act of the legislature, Chapter 322 of the Acts of 2010, and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick on August 31, 2010, with an effective date of January 1, 2012.  It was created as a result of state health care reform and is intended to help integrate community health workers into the health care and public health systems in order to promote health equity, cost containment, quality improvement, and management and prevention of chronic disease. The Board will establish standards for the education and training of community health workers and community health worker trainers, standards for the education and training program curricula for community health workers, and requirements for community health worker certification and renewal of certification. It is chaired by a designee of the commissioner of the Department of Public Health and includes ten additional members appointed by the governor and nominated by organizations named in the authorizing legislation. 

The Board held its first meeting on July 17, 2012. Board meetings are scheduled in advance and are open to the public. Click on Board Calendar for the schedule of upcoming meetings.

Core Competencies

MACHW will be hosting informational forums across the state to inform CHWs about certification details and to involve CHWs in recommending possible revisions to the draft regulations. STAY TUNED for further announcements from MACHW about how to be involved.  The Board has developed the following DRAFT recommendations for certification:

  1. A very detailed description of core competencies (what certified CHWs must be able to know and do) to serve as the foundation for competency-based certification:

View Massachusetts Board of Certification of Community Health Workers Core Competencies for Community Health Workers Revised and Approved by the Board on May 13, 2014

2.  There will initially be two pathways for individual CHWs to become certified:

View Proposed Pathways to CHW Certification in Massachusetts