Community Health Worker (CHW)
Now accepting applicants! Please fill out the form below.
What does a Community Health Worker (CHW) do?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member or has a particularly good understanding of the community served. CHWs serve as a liaison between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs can operate under many different titles including Patient Navigator, Community Health Advisor, Maternal/Infant Health Outreach Specialist, Peer Educator, etc.
Responsibilities of a Community Health Worker (CHW) include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Linking people to health care/social service resources
- Providing informal counseling, support and follow-up
- Advocating for local health needs
- Providing health services, such as monitoring blood pressure and providing first aid
- Making home visits to chronically ill patients, pregnant women and nursing mothers, individuals at high risk of health problems and the elderly
- Translating and interpreting for clients and health care/social service providers
- Helping individuals, families, groups and communities develop their capacity and access to resources, including health insurance, food, housing, quality care and health information
- Facilitating communication and client empowerment in interactions with health care/social service systems
- Helping healthcare and social service systems become culturally relevant and responsive to their service population
- Helping people understand their health condition(s) and develop strategies to improve their health and well being
- Helping to build understanding and social capital to support healthier behaviors and lifestyle choices
- Delivering health information using culturally appropriate terms and concept
Learn more about the Community Health Worker program from a recent graduate!
What are the prerequisites and qualifications to start the program?
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Work experience, preferably within healthcare
- Ability to complete physical tasks
- Ability to work in the United States
- Access to internet and a computer/laptop with camera
- Photo ID and social security card
- Medical clearance
What is unique about the Community Health Worker opportunity at Staten Island PPS?
The Community Health Worker class is completely free and there are no out-of-pocket costs to you. The whole program will last between 12 and 18 weeks. Below is a breakdown of the program:
Community Health Worker Training at College of Staten Island, held virtually, for 4-6 weeks
Clinical and social care education at Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) in behavioral health, maternal and child health, and chronic disease management for 4-6 weeks
Paid on-the-job learning at clinical sites such as Community Health Center of Richmond, Staten Island University Hospital, Richmond University Medical Center, and Victory Internal Medicine for 4-6 weeks
When is training offered?
If you are interested in taking the upcoming Community Health Worker class, please fill out the form below. Someone from our team will contact you via email.
Community Health Worker
Voluntary Disability Disclosure
Why are you being asked to complete this form? Because we are a sponsor of a registered apprenticeship program and participate in the National Registered Apprenticeship System that is regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor, we must reach out to, enroll, and provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship to qualified people with disabilities. To help us learn how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for apprenticeship, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.
If you already are an apprentice within our registered apprenticeship program, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our apprentices at the time of enrollment, and then remind them yearly, that they may update their information. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.
How do I know if I have a disability? You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to: blindness, deafness, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy, HIV/AIDS, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophy, bipolar disorder, major depression, multiple sclerosis (MS), missing limbs or partially missing limbs, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder, impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, and intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation).
Equal opportunity standards for apprenticeship program
(1) The Staten Island PPS (sponsor) shall recruit, select, employ, and train apprentices during their apprenticeship without discrimination based on political or religious opinion or affiliation, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or age, unless sex or age constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification, or the physical or mental disability of a qualified individual with a disability;
(2) The SI PPS (sponsor) will uniformly apply regulations concerning apprentices, including but not limited to equality of wages, periodic advancement, promotion, assignment of work, job performance, rotation among all work processes of the trade, imposition of penalties or other disciplinary action, and all other aspects of the apprenticeship program administered by SI PPS; and
(3) The SI PPS shall take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship, including adoption of an affirmative action plan as required by these regulations. The PPS will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required by these regulations and 29 CFR 30.