Community Health Workers (CHWs) help people connect to health services in their local communities. CHWs are a vital link to care, serving as a “bridge” to help individuals access recommended health services. In Nebraska, there is a growing awareness of the value of well-trained community health workers, especially to serve individuals at high-risk or in special populations.
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Every Women Matters Program is supporting the work of Health Hubs at local health departments that employ community health workers who serve as navigators to help women access breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up services.
There are several CHW training options, including an online course that is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. For information about DHHS training opportunities, click here.
To learn more about CHW e-learning modules in English and Spanish available free from the American Cancer Society, visit: CHW eLearning Flyer Eng-Sp
Another opportunity for online training of promotores (another common name for community health workers working with Spanish-speaking populations) is available through the Think Cultural Health website from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to visit the Spanish language site.