Do you enjoy assisting people in their communities to promote healthy living, self-care and overall wellness? Community Health Workers serve as a link between health and social services and the community. They assist clients, health services and others access to resources. They are trusted members of the community.
We are looking for friendly, responsible individuals who respect ideas and traditions of others. Trusted in their communities and positive role models who are motivated to learn and teach others in a non-judgmental environment. If this sounds like a great fit for you, and you are 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED and able to pass a Background Check, give us a call.
• Is the CHW training program approved by the state? Yes, the Cleveland Institute of Community Health Worker training program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
• What is required to complete the CHW program? You must complete 100 hours of classroom training, 130 hours of an externship in a health care or community setting, successfully pass a background check (BCI and FBI), complete a CHW application.
• What are the fees associated with the CHW program? Tuition for the program, background check fee (varies depending on vendor) and, $35.00 application fee. There is no charge for books or 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. CHW’s are employed in a variety of settings and serve as a link between the health care provider and the community.
• What can a CHW do? CHW provide health education to clients, provide referrals to community services, set up health fair tables and distribute health materials. They may work under Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Case Managers, or Mental Health Professionals to help with services as long as they remain in the scope of duties. They may assess the home of clients to determine the services needed for that client.
• What is a CHW not allowed to 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 taking blood pressure and testing glucose levels. CHW’s cannot administer medications to clients (they can express the importance of following physician instructions on taking medication). CHW 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 certification as a CHW from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
• Is there a competency exam required by the Ohio Board of Nursing? Students are required to pass quizzes, give an individual presentation and in class assignment, mock situations, role playing, and demonstrates lab skills required in the classroom. After all of the classroom requirements are met, that is considered successful completion of the classroom portion of the program. Students must complete 130 hours of externship. Once the total 230 hours (classroom and externship) are successfully completed along with successful background check, students are considered eligible to apply for certification as a CHW to the 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