A Program requirements and training standards for Community Health Workers (CHWs) vary widely among states. Some states require (CHWs) to have state-level certification, requiring completion of an approved training program and acquiring specific skills. A number of educational institutions offer courses, certificates, or degrees in the CHW field, with related trends being: Community college based training provides academic credit and career advancement opportunities through formal education; On-the-job training is offered to improve capacities of CHWs and enhance their standards of practice; Certification at the state level recognizes and legitimizes the work of CHWs, and opens up potential reimbursement opportunities for CHW services.
Currently in Nevada there is no statute holding a CHW to a standardized curriculum; however, the Community Health Worker Program at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), only supports and recognizes the Community Health Worker Training Course offered at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), and the Washington State training program.
CHW Training Course in Nevada
The Nevada Systems of Higher Education received a grant from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) in 2014 to develop a pilot Community Health Worker (CHW) curriculum. This was done in partnership with the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). In December of 2014, both entities graduated a total of 39 new CHWs into the workforce. Both entities still run the curriculum on an “as-needed” basis. Students who graduate the programs receive a certificate of completion. A hybrid (online, in-person) training is coming soon provided by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the Community Health Worker Program.
Washington State Training Program
For those individuals who cannot attend the CHW training course being offered at TMCC and CSN, the CHW Program recommends the Washington State training program, which offers a comprehensive curriculum free of charge on a quarterly basis. The NDPBH will recognize this curriculum for a CHW Certificate of Completion.