Do you enjoy assisting people in their communities to promote healthy living, self-care and overall wellness? CHW’s are frontline public heath workers who serve as a link between health and social services and the community. They assist clients with barriers to health services and help with access to resources. They are trusted members of the community.
We are looking for friendly, responsible individuals that respect ideas and traditions of others. Trusted in their communities and positive role models. Motivated to learn and teach others and non-judgmental. If this sounds like a great fit for you then you must be at least 18 years of age or older. High school diploma or GED. Ability to pass a Background Check. Completion of Ohio State Board of Nursing CHW Certification Program.
- What are the student eligibility requirements for the CHW training program? Requirements are 18 years of age and high school diploma or GED.
- Is the CHW training program approved by the state? Yes, the Cleveland Institute of Community Health training program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
- What is required to complete the CHW program? 100 hours of classroom training, 130 hours of externship in a health care or community setting, successful completion of background check (BCI and FBI), completion of CHW application along with $35.00 fee.
- What are the fees associated with the CHW training program? Tuition for the program, Background check fee (varies depending on vendor), $35.00 application fee. There is no charge for books, materials.
- What are the core roles of a CHW? To provide health education, resources, and referrals to those individuals who are practicing better self-care. They work in a variety of settings and serve as a link between the health care provider and the community.
- What can a CHW do? They can provide health education to clients in the community, they can provide referrals to community services, they can set up health fair tables and distribute health materials, they can work under Registered nurses, social workers, case managers, mental health professionals in assisting with services as long as they remain in the scope of duties. They can assess the home of clients in order to determine what services are needed for that client.
- What a CHW cannot do? They cannot provide direct care to clients unless properly trained by an approved agency and then supervised by a registered nurse. Direct care includes blood pressure, glucose sticks. CHW’s cannot administer medications to clients (they can express the importance of following physician instructions on taking medication). CHW’s cannot delegate work to another CHW or health care professional. They do not perform the duties of an STNA or home health nurse.
- Is the CHW program a certification program? Yes, after completion of the 100 hours of classroom training, students will receive a certificate of completion. After successful completion of the classroom hours, externship and background check, students will receive a certificate as a CHW from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
- Is there a competency exam required by the Ohio Board of Nursing? No, the Ohio Board of Nursing does not require a competency exam for certification. There will be 5 quizzes, an individual presentation, in class assignments, mock situations, role playing, and lab skills required in the classroom portion of the program. Once all of those requirements are met, that is considered successful completion of classroom portion of the program. Then there is 130 hours of externship required. Once the total 230 hours (classroom and externship) are successfully completed along with successful background check, students are considered eligibile to apply for certification as a CHW to Ohio Board of Nursing.
St. Philip Neri Family Center serves the needs of the community by reaching out and providing much needed services. We offer access to a computer lab where Employment Coordinators are on hand to provide assistance. We build strengths in young people and their neighborhoods by connecting existing programs and resources, and funding opportunities for positive growth We provide a hot meal to the community as well a dynamic Senior program. Emergency Assistance as well as a host of other community outreach programs and events.
For more information, please call:
St. Philip Neri Family Center
799 East 82nd Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
(216) 391-4415 ex. 15