CHWTI provides a 160 hour certification class that has been approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The curriculum is facilitated by certified instructors. Certification classes:
Provide education and information that promotes health literacy
Provide a broad knowledge of community and government programs and client eligibility such as Community and Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs), Medicare & Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), County Indigent Programs (Harris County Hospital District, Montgomery County Hospital District…), as well as information about the Federal Poverty Level and reviewing applications for better understanding
- Provide skills to navigate the complex, fractured healthcare system
- Provide resources about community and public clinics
- Provide skills and tools to build relationships with clients/patients to ensure access and follow-through to needed healthcare and social services
- Provide skills in community advocacy and capacity building
Classes are typically one day a week, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for 20 weeks. The curriculum provides 8 core competencies. Please click here to see the competencies that have been identified by the state.
Because the class is a ‘clock hour’ class, attendance is mandatory. Clock hour means the class is based on the number of hours a person is actually present in the class. There are no exams or tests required to complete the class. Once a participant has successfully completed the class, s/he is eligible to apply for state certification. There is no fee nor testing required from DSHS to receive a certificate, only proof of course completion with other required documents. Once a CHW becomes certified s/he must re-certify every 2 years. 20 hours of continuing education are required before the 2 year expiration date.