The Central California Public Health Training Academy has developed a training program for community health workers. This program introduces community health workers to the health care system and prepares them to be patient navigators within health care organizations. The course also provides basic medical terminology, communication skills, and advocacy.
In 2012 the Academy partnered with the Tulare County Workforce Development Board to develop a training program for community health workers. A report from this program can be found here (PDF).
The H.E.L.P. training program was developed by the Central California Public Health Training Academy in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Fresno. The purpose of the H.E.L.P. program was to design a standardized curriculum to be used as a basis for the certification of Community health Workers (CHWs) in the Central California region.
The training program was developed under contract with the Tulare Workforce Investment Board (TCWIB) and included the College of the Sequoias, the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board, and the West Fresno Family Resource Center. Additional partners included health care providers who provided internship sites for the program participants and potential employment upon program completion.