Valley High – Health Tech

Community Health Worker

  • Health TECH won a grant that creates the South Sacramento Healthcare Pipeline (SSHP) that will allow us to develop a strong CHW program.  SSHP runs from grade 7-14.
  • Elk Grove Adult and Community Education (EGACE) will provide CHW-Basic certification for students.
  • Health TECH staff formed a working committee to seek state-wide certification for CHWs.
  • Health TECH staff are working on a committee with Sierra Health Foundation for a grant that would help Academy students gain CHW experience.
Rodney Black
2016-2017 Valley High School

6300 Ehrhardt Ave., Sacramento, CA 95823
916-689-6500 Phone | 916-682-1528 Fax

I am very enthusiastic about expanding the role of community health workers in California.  I am the coordinator for the Valley High School Health TECH Academy in south Sacramento.  Four years ago, we launched a high school-based community health worker training program for our Health TECH students.  Students who complete Health Care 9 (9th grade year), Fundamentals of Public Health (10th grade year), Applied Public Health (11th grade year), complete a minimum of 50 hours of field work (health fairs, health presentations, etc.), and pass a comprehensive examination receive a certificate.  To date, we have graduated two CHW cohorts.

We have partnerships with the Health Education Council, La Familia Counseling, and Well Space Health to provide our students paid internships.  Even though we have handful of paid internships for our students, we don’t have enough for all students, requiring us to seek out other possible internships for our students.  We are always exploring opportunities for our students to gain experience through internships or and/or through post-graduation employment  opportunities.

Rodney Black;   Valley High School Health TECH Academy, Sacramento  916-718-3626