Community Health Workers/Promotores Training
The South Texas CHW Workforce Preparedness Collaborative provides financial and professional support to certify new CHWs and provide continuing education for existing CHWs living and working in 38 South Texas counties.
Why should you consider CHW as a career?
- To help your community improve their health and wellbeing
- To promote health equity by working with communities with the greatest health risks
- To get a job as a frontline worker in healthcare field.
Who can apply: Anyone who:
- Has completed high school, a GED, or equivalent
- Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
When: Now Enrolling. Apply Today!
- Virtual and hybrid options available
- Training sessions range from 8 to 16 weeks
- Flexible training hours, including evenings
What: A training program approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in addition to training in public health competencies.
- 160-hours across classroom instruction, selfstudy, and practical learning experiences (including an internship)
- Training provided by Northwest Vista College or the AHEC Promotores of South Texas Training Program
- Training available in English and Spanish
How to Apply: shorturl.at/afhES
* This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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