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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

CHEC- Boston

Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate Program (COEC)

What is COEC?
The COEC program is a two-part, 80-hour training program that covers core competencies Community Health Workers (CHWs) need to provide effective community outreach and health education work in community-based settings. The training emphasizes skills to prepare CHWs to serve in a variety of functions including culturally appropriate health education and outreach, navigating the health and human service systems, assuring access to services, advocating for individual and community needs, and building individual and community capacity. In addition, the training encourages CHWs to become proficient on health issues affecting diverse communities and introduces them to a public health framework for understanding these issues.  View COEC informational sheet by clicking HERE.

CHEC’s COEC program has extended!  
CHEC-Boston now has added new courses to this exciting training program to emphasize skills to prepare CHWs to serve in a variety of functions including culturally appropriate health education and outreach, navigating the health and human services systems, assuring access to services, advocating for individuals and community needs.  Example of new courses:  Effective Communication, Professional Skills & Conduct, Documentation day I & Day II.  Please find more information attached along with registration forms needed to enroll in the COEC program.

What: The Community Health Education Center offers the COEC program that covers core competencies that Community Health Workers need to meet accreditation/CEUS requirements. This is a two-part, 80 hours training program. The cost of the COEC Program is $650, the CHW agency is required to pay this fee.
When: CHEC-Boston offers the core competency training 3 times a year:  September - November; January - March; and April - June.  Specific dates depend on the health modules selected by the Community Health Workers. All trainings begin at 9:30 am.
Where: Community Health Education Center (CHEC), 860 Harrison Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston.
More Info: Registration forms available at http://www.bphc.org/CHEC. For more information call the CHEC at 617-534-2432 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • View CHEC Training Policy 2016 HERE
  • View a sample of COEC Detailed Brochure HERE
  • View Outreach Educator Demographic Information form HERE.  This form must be filled out completely in order to register for any of CHEC’s trainings.

CHEC Northeast

COEC training at CHEC-Lowell is offered twice a year during the Fall and Spring.  Registration is required.  For more information visit website www.lchealth.org/CHEC or follow the link to sample catalog HERE.

Where:

Community Health Education Center
at Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson Street, Sixth Floor
Lowell, MA 01852

What:  Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate (COEC) & Health Modules

ALL CORE + ANY 6 HEALTH MODULES = 1 CERTIFICATE

The COEC Program is a two-part training program that introduces Health Educators, Community Health Workers, and other public health professionals to a way of understanding health problems from a public health perspective. The training encourages participants to become proficient on a variety of health topics affecting diverse communities. The trainings emphasize three skills needed to do effective outreach and education:

  • interventions such as conducting educational sessions at community sites;
  • proficiency in providing information and referrals on a range of health topics;
  • and creating health messages that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

All workshops are open to any participant, and may be taken separately or as part of the Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate.

WMPHTC - Northampton

The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC) offers training programs for CHWs and other frontline public health workers..

Visit the webiste at http://www.umass.edu/wmphtc/training to learn more information, or contact Dawn Heffernan to reserve a space at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (413) 545-6142.

Patient Navigator & Community Health Worker Core Training - Hybrid Course

This course is a hybrid model CHW training, and includes 11 online modules as well as 16 hours of in-class training.  The course is designed to provide core competencies for patient navigators and community health workers. It includes key concepts of public health, outreach, advocacy, community and individual assessment, social determinants of health, navigating insurance, stages of change, service coordination and more.

This course is free of charge for participants and is funded by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control through the Women’s Health Network Care Coordination Program out of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Access Accommodations:  If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Marilyn Gardner at 617-624-5403, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or TTY: 617-624-5992.

Visit the Patient Navigation Training and Conference website for further information about the course and thier annual conference.

Outreach Worker Training Institute (OWTI)

OWTI is a CHW training center based at the Center for Health Impact (formerly known as the Central Mass AHEC) in Worcester, MA.  To learn more information visit website at http://www.centerforhealthimpact.org/ or contact Tatyana Gorodetsky at (508) 756-6676, extension 12.

Hoyloke Community College

HTH 104:  Core Competencies for CHWs, a credit-based class which can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of an academic certificate for CHWs within the Foundations of Health Department.  For more information you may vist website at http://www.hcc.edu/courses-and-programs/college-catalog/course-index/core-competencies-for-the-chw or contact Janet Grant at (413) 552-2445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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