Idaho Adopts Community Health Worker Curriculum

Idaho Community Health Workers Online Applications Live

Do you enjoy helping others find their way to being healthy? The Idaho Oral Health Alliance supports a new training program for Idahoans who want to be Community Health Workers and choose to fill the important bridge role that helps individuals navigate their way to better health.

The Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) Community Health Workers stakeholder group has adopted a curriculum and application program that is managed by Idaho State University. The group has also adopted the American Public Health association definition: "A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also 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."

For more information about the program or the application process, click here