Foundations of CHW 2nd ed

Foundations for Community Health Workers, 2nd Edition

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ISBN: 978-1-119-06081-9
736 pages
May 2016, Jossey-Bass


Text Book: Foundations for Community Health Workers

City College faculty wrote and edited the groundbreaking textbook Foundations for Community Health Workers, which is now used in CHW training programs across the country, including at CCSF.  For more information on this book, please see the page developed by our publisher, Jossey-Bass, here:   To order a copy for yourself, you can contact Jossey-Bass, the CCSF Bookstore or your favorite bookstore.

Contact Authors directly at City College of San Francisco: Alma Avila email:  or  Tim Bertold email:

Product Details

Foundations for Community Health Workers (J-B Public Health/Health Services Text) by Tim Berthold, Alma Avila and Jennifer Miller (Aug 31, 2009)




Santa Rosa Junior College 

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Día de la Mujer Latina 

The mission of Día de la Mujer Latina is to promote healthy behaviors within the underserved Latino community by providing a culturally and linguistically proficient education, facilitating early detection screening, culturally preventative care interventions; promoting wellness with resource information, Promotores/Community Health Workers training and Patient Navigation for follow-up services.

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An Instructional Design Model for Culturally Competent Community Health Worker Training
Jessica A. Uriarte, MPH1
Angela D. L. Cummings, MSPH, MEd1
Linda E. Lloyd, PhD, MBA, MSW1

The Texas Public Health Training Center (TPHTC) provides quality training and education for the full spectrum of public health workers. As part of this mission, the TPHTC creates continuing education modules for nontraditional public health workers, such as community health workers (CHWs), through a culturally competent curriculum development process. CHWs, like many public health workers, must be certified by the state of Texas to practice within its borders, and continuing education is required to maintain certification. By involving CHWs and community members in its curriculum development process, the TPHTC is able to produce training modules that are more suitable for this unique and important segment of the public health workforce. The iterative curriculum development process is described here, along with a state-approved curriculum resulting from this method. As the value of the nontraditional public health workforce gains more recognition, sound curriculum design will be increasingly important to support and strengthen these nontraditional professions….

…The framework described here has been used to successfully create a continuing education curriculum that has been approved by the state of Texas. Given its inherent flexibility, this framework could be used to develop curricula for various segments of the nontraditional public health workforce on any number of topics and for a variety of settings…


Oregon Community Health Worker Capacitation Center 

Our curriculum is based on findings in Chapter 3 (Roles and Competencies) of the National Community Health Advisor Study (Wiggins and Borbón, 1998). It has 3 components:

  • Skill base
  • Orientation to the health and social service system
  • Health issues

An 80-hour basic curriculum was approved for academic credit by the Oregon State Board of Education. Many additional courses are also available.


 Minnesota Curriculum – outline

For inquiries by Minnesota post-secondary institutions and by interested organizations located outside of our state about our statewide competency-based CHW curriculum owned and managed by the Minnesota State College and University System, contact                                           Joan Cleary:

In Minnesota, CHW education includes:  (1) standardized, competency-based education based in higher education; (2) on-the-job training; and (3) continuing education.

The Minnesota Community Health Worker curriculum is based on the core competencies that are identified in Minnesota’s CHW “Scope of Practice.” The curriculum also incorporates health promotion competencies as an introduction to a broad range of individual, family and population health needs. The internship is the centerpiece of the curriculum’s practice competencies. It enables CHW students to fully apply and integrate what they have learned in the program to ensure an effective transition to the CHW role.


Acción Para La Salud / Action for Health Promotora Community Health Advocacy
Curriculum Guide


Center for disease control CDC :Tools to Help Control Cholesterol

Hispanic populations have a high prevalence of high blood cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Also, their diets often are high in salt and saturated fats. Reaching these audiences with effective messages about prevention can be challenging.

Most Hispanic consumers prefer to learn information in the format of a fotonovela, which is similar to a comic book. Because fotonovelas use plain language and are common in Spanish-language cultures, they are an effective medium for health promotion and health education for Hispanic audiences.

Promotores and other community health workers (CHWs) are encouraged to read the fotonovela with participants. A Promotora/CHW Guide accompanies the fotonovela and gives these members of the health care team a brief summary of objectives, tips, additional activities, reviews, and reminders.


Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities– Free online health education courses


Michigan Public Health Training Center