Curricula and Trainings

Our conceptual approach for our core curricular development has included several innovative features:

  1. a foundational consultation process with CHW national experts to inform our curricular development approach, process, and content;
  2. the utilization of the CHW Consensus Project (C3 Project) to provide curricular standards and guide learning objectives;
  3. integration of three key stakeholder group perspectives (patients, health care teams and health care systems) throughout the curriculum;
  4. use of popular education principles, which aim to foster a collaborative learning process (e.g., using participatory approaches that focus on problem-solving and role-playing, including hands-on laboratory sessions);
  5. integration of adult learning principles which build on learners’ experiences and culminate in an apprenticeship model, modified to work within the challenging limitations on in-person interactions in the COVID 19 pandemic era;
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  6. use of a modified apprenticeship model, designed to enhance virtual collaborative learning, including panel discussions and interviews with experienced CHWs and professionals in health care, academia, and public health and virtual tours of clinical settings. With this approach, we hope to build a sustained learning community for CHWs through interaction with multidisciplinary health care experts. 

As an example, our resulting innovative standards-based core curriculum for clinical CHWs is comprised of ten modules, which span three key areas of focus: 

  1. Establishing a professional CHW identity and Competencies (e.g., CHW history, roles/skills, CHW organizations/ advocacy, Practicing Self-Awareness/Cultural Humility, etc.); 
  2. Outlining the context, processes and key actors in health care settings with whom CHWs will engage (e.g., U.S. Health Care Systems, Interprofessional Workplace Interactions, Technology in Health Care, Workplace Communication Skills & Code of Ethics, Introduction to Public Health); and
  3. Identifying the main forces that shape the health and health care outcomes of patients/families and communities (e.g., Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health; Social Support Resources to engage with Families & Communities, Humanistic Values in Care Management, etc.).  

With collaboration and feedback throughout the development and drafting of our curricular modules from clinic-based CHWs from a partner health care organization, we  provide current and relevant information and examples, particularly for the hands-on portion for each module and the apprenticeship component.