Apprenticeship Opportunity 

Community Health Worker (CHW)

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:

  • 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 concepts
  • 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

What are the prerequisites and qualifications to start the program?

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to complete physical tasks
  • Ability to work in the United States
  • Provide photo ID and social security card
  • Medical clearance and COVID vaccination will be required


What is unique about the Community Health Worker opportunity at Staten Island PPS?

Through this program, you will be eligible to become a Certified Community Health Worker Apprentice. This means you will receive training and immediately start working at an employer that will offer mentorship. The employer will ensure that you receive thorough training and become skilled in your job. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, you will receive a Certification of Completion of Apprenticeship by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is nationally recognized in all 50 states and is an achievement that you will have as part of your professional portfolio.

What are the requirements to become a Certified Home Health Aide Apprentice?

Successful completion of an accredited Certified Community Health Worker training program, a completed apprentice agreement, and completion of an apprenticeship program.

When is training offered?

The application for the December 2022 class is now closed. If you are interested in taking future CHW classes, please fill out the form below.

Community Health Worker

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