Comprehensive Workforce Development Training

 

Workforce Development-Community Health Worker Training Program

Workforce development training is a highly effective intervention in interrupting the poverty cycle and providing a future career pathway. The Grant Group, LLC provides workforce development programs such as the Community Health Worker Training Program. The two week skills training course includes an intense interactive application provided by skilled-based activities trainers with backgrounds in popular education methods, adult education, and mental health counseling.

The Core skills addressed in the training include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Informal Counseling Service
  • Coordination Skills
  • Capacity-Building Skills
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Organizational Skills

The second week of training includes specialized training in chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Asthma, Cardiovascular Disease, and Hypertension. This supplemental training can be designed to meet the specific needs of the agency requesting the training as well as designed to be given in 2-3 day sessions. Upon completion of the CHW Training Program, participants will have the capacity to evaluate current practices, incorporate training so as to improve client services where needed and ultimately accomplish program goals.

The core function of a community health worker is to act as a bridge between health services and individuals in communities that for a variety of reasons – language barriers, lack of insurance, mistrust of the formal health and human services system, cultural beliefs – do not regularly access primary care services.   Community health workers are trusted persons from the same community they serve, with similar experiences, language or culture, and can thus provide information and options in the community’s own language and according to the community’s value system.

What will a Community Health Worker Model Training Program Accomplish

  • Increased access to trained professionals drawn from the neighborhoods they serve. These professional will target residents who do not regularly access the formal primary care system, due to language barriers, lack of insurance, or unfamiliarity/distrust of the system.
  • Improve the quality of care by activating residents to manage their chronic diseases thereby improving health outcomes.
  • Increase participation in screening for common diseases and conditions.
  • Facilitate appointment-keeping and increase compliance with prescribed regimens.

What it will accomplish for those who become Community Health Workers

  • Provide an entry-level job with appropriate training in the health care field.
  • Provide options for career mobility in the health care field.

What it will accomplish for the community

  • Improve access and quality of care for residents covered by public insurance such as Medicaid.
  • Reduce the costs of avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
  • Reduce loss wages and missed school days by maintaining a healthier population with consistent preventive care.